Colter Jackson works as a freelance writer and illustrator in New York City and has written scripts for Tina Fey and previous UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, only one of which was funny. She is the author and illustrator of the picture book Elephants Make Fine Friends (Penguin 2015). Her work appears in The New York Times, Bellevue Literary Review, Hippocampus Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Tin House, The Rumpus, Litro Magazine and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. She is the recipient of the Meyers Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College.
Here’s Quick Temper with Colter Jackson—
Why do you write?
I write because it makes the world make sense.
Who do you hope reads your work?
My high school English teacher is one of my best friends. I send her every publication so she can hang it on her fridge and give me a gold star.
Where does the anger in your work come from? How does it manifest?
My anger manifests as gasping, hysterical crying jags. It doesn’t always look like anger to other people but trust me, it is. There’s a lot of cruelty in the world, particularly right now, and if people aren’t angry, it’s because they aren’t paying attention.
Angry book recommendations for angry readers?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Colter Jackson will be reading at An Angry Reading Series S1 E2. Come through!