Mitchell S. Jackson
Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Mitchell S. Jackson is an author, speaker, and social justice advocate. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner, 2019) explores the calculations that he and his family made to stay safe in their dangerous neighborhood. The memoir explores race, manhood, and the impact of drugs in families and communities.
Jackson’s debut novel, The Residue Years (Bloomsbury, 2013), received the Whiting Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He also was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, Lannan Foundation, Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Time magazine, and Esquire.
Jackson holds an MA in writing from Portland State University and an MFA in creative writing from New York University, where he also was a clinical associate professor of writing.
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