"Powerful ... full of impossible hope ... Jackson's prose has a spoken-word cadence, the language flying off the page with percussive energy." -The New York Times Book Review
Mitchell S. Jackson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He holds a masters in writing from Portland State University and an MFA from New York University. Jackson has received a Whiting Writers' Award and The Ernest Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. The Residue Years was also a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Flaherty-Dunan First Novel Prize, and the Hurston Wright Legacy Award. Jackson has been awarded fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, and the Center For Fiction. He teaches writing at NYU and Columbia.
A fresh new voice in fiction. O, The Oprah Magazine Jackson's poetic prose is a joy to read ... The ways mother and son grapple with social judgment and limited choices are provocative and timely. Booklist I was touched by characters whose lives were often as real for me as my memories of growing up. The language invented to tell their stories engages, challenges, clarifies the American language, claiming it, enlarging it. John Edgar Wideman, author of Fanon, Philadelphia Fire, and Brothers and Keepers A writer to be reckoned with; The Residue Years marks the beginning of a most promising career. Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones and Men We Reaped This is a memorable, powerful novel and Mitchell S. Jackson is a genuine talent. Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver