Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel, The Residue Years, received wide critical acclaim and won a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Tin House, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Jackson has delivered a TED talk, as well as lectures and keynote addresses at events including the Yale Law School RebLaw Conference, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, as well as at institutions including Brown University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. Jackson is a formerly incarcerated person who, in his commitment to criminal justice reform, has visited prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad. He is a clinical associate professor of writing in the Liberal Studies Program of New York University. Scribner will publish his nonfiction collection, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family, in 2019.