I am a teacher, writer, and artist. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
On November 3, 2001, THE NEW YORK TIMES published a feature piece that I wrote about my experiences as a teacher in a difficult inner-city school in the south Bronx, NY called “A Year in the Trenches.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES published a second piece called “Beautiful Music,” on Nov. 7, 2004, about my son who has autism and is now a professional pianist with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Dance Center in New York City.
Other articles on learning disabilities and autism appeared in educational journals.
Kirkus Review called my first science fiction comic mystery, CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE MOONS, “delightful.” The San Francisco Book Review said, “Kingon’s word play is so much fun, it is hard to resist.” And Dr. David Livingston, host of THE SPACE SHOW who interviewed me on his show twice said, “A very rare treat indeed.”
Guardbridge Press in St. Andrews, Scotland has published my second book, SHERLOCK MARS. It follows with many of the same characters as Chocolate Chocolate Moons but is a stand alone novel. Kirkus Review said, “An undeniably fun tale with a protagonist who can apparently handle anything…” And Readers Favorite said, “Murder is the basis of this amazing story, but there is so much more! Jackie Kingon blends history, science, popular culture, and social issues with imagination and a large dose of humor as she leads her well defined characters through intriguing action throughout the new frontier of space.”
Short stories were published by the Flying Island Press in their anthology, Pieces of Eight, available on Amazon. Other stories appeared in The Fringe Magazine and Static Movement Magazine. My short story, “A Rose by Any Other Name,” was read in 2010 by British voiceover artist Pearl Hewitt on the radio as part of the Taping for the Blind show out of Houston, Texas."
My art studio was on Union Square in New York City for eleven years where I exhibited with the Donahue Sosinski gallery and Dactyl Foundation in New York City. I also exhibited at the Washington Project of the Arts, Washington, D. C. and the United States Embassy to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Three watercolors are part of the Estee Lauder collection.
I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Plaza Art Commission in Albany, NY where I helped oversee that the art work at the Empire State Plaza was maintained properly and on the Board of Directors of the Vassar College Art Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY.