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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Margaret Cook Jackson, MFA

Title: Cocky's Reading Express Coordinator
Department: School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-2169
Office: South Carolina Center for Community Literacy
1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Margaret Cook Jackson


B.A., English and Women's Studies, University of Connecticut
M.F.A., Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon
M.L.I.S., University of South Carolina


Margaret Cook previously worked as the director of programs at Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh. There, she drove a bookmobile, oversaw a virtual mentoring program, and performed storytimes across the city. Prior to that, she was one-half of the do-it-yourself puppetry duo Miniature Curiosa, bringing multimedia puppet spectacles to theaters, art galleries and bowling alleys around the country.


Cook is interested in the ways spectacle can foster early literacy skills and strengthen bonds between caregiver and child. Her focus includes creative outreach strategies, bookmobiles, puppetry, and children’s literature.


Cook lives in Columbia with her partner and two cats. She is obsessed with wonder and collects ephemera that documents the human pursuit of it. Her primary collection is from Pittsburgh’s Luna Park (1905-1909), a lost amusement park.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.