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Mitchell S. Jackson


Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel won a Whiting Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), and the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Tin House and elsewhere. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University.

Mitchell S. Jackson

Books by Mitchell S. Jackson

by Mitchell S. Jackson - Memoir, Nonfiction

Mitchell S. Jackson candidly explores his tumultuous youth in the other America. SURVIVAL MATH takes its name from the calculations Mitchell and his family made to keep safe --- to stay alive --- in their community, a small black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon blighted by drugs, violence, poverty and governmental neglect. Mitchell explores the Portland of his childhood, tracing the ways in which his family managed their lives in and around drugs, prostitution, gangs and imprisonment as members of a tiny black population in one of the country’s whitest cities. He discusses sex work and serial killers, gangs and guns, near-death experiences, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructive power of drugs and addiction on family.

by Mitchell S. Jackson - Fiction

Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place. THE RESIDUE YEARS switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace, who, fresh out of a drug treatment program, is trying to stay clean and get her kids back.