Mitchell S. Jackson
Award-winning author and speaker
Mitchell S. Jackson is a celebrated author and the winner of a Whiting Award. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), and the Center for Fiction.
His debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise, winning the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His most recent book is the nonfiction Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family.
Jackson’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, the Guardian, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is a clinical associate professor of writing in liberal studies at New York University.
A well-regarded speaker, Jackson has delivered lectures and keynote addresses at events including the annual TED Conference, the Ubud (Bali) Writers & Readers Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, as well as institutions including Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. As a formerly incarcerated person, Jackson is also a social and criminal justice advocate who, as part of his wide efforts, visits prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad.