Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson
Assistant Professor | On leave 2019-2020
MFA, New York University, 2004


(Prose) Fiction, Nonfiction


I’m a prose writer (fiction and nonfiction) who is interested literary voice and its components. In terms of subjects, I’m drawn to contemporary African American literature, contemporary American literature, minimalism, post modernism, and race theories. As a writer, my fiction is grounded in the traditions of realism and naturalism. My nonfiction tends to employ the personal to examine or critique the social and political.

Writing Profile

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury) received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize 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. Jackson’s 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 writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Time Magazine, and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner) was published in the spring of 2019

Selected Publications

  • Jackson, Mitchell S. The Residue Years. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2013.
  • Jackson, Mitchell S. Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. New York: Scribner. 2019