Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New York University. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction. Jackson teaches writing at New York University. Jackson’s novel The Residue Years was released in the summer of 2013 and was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Times of London, and The Paris Review. The novel was a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize and the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, was named a nominee for The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for fiction. It was long-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for writing and the Chautauqua Prize and as well named an “Honor Book” by the BCALA.