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 “Jackson reclaims his history through an elegant memoir…one of rigorous self-examination, approaching his personal story with honesty and poetry…The result is an intimate portrayal of what makes us human…as much about a writer struggling to understand life’s jubilations, mistakes, and losses, as it is a chronicle of a black man’s place in America, appealing to fans of Kiese Laymon and Ta-Nehisi Coates.”
Library Journal, STARRED review 

 “A potent book that revels in the author’s truthful experiences while maintaining the jagged-grain, keeping-it-a-100, natural storytelling that made The Residue Years a modern must-read.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review 

 “Stunning…Jackson plays out his life’s ‘revision’ against a backdrop of self- and social critique. Thanks to Jackson’s fresh voice, this powerful autobiography shines an important light on the generational problems of America’s oft-forgotten urban communities.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED review 

 “Product-of-my-environment stories are common; beyond his candid self-portrayal as a willing-but-reluctant participant, what makes Jackson’s take on this theme so compelling is his inquisitive and unflinching investigation of the conditions that shaped him.”
Booklist, STARRED review


“Opportunity Cost” essay in Harpers

“High Pursuit” short story in VQR

“Oversoul” short story in Vice Magazine

“This is America” essay in The Guardian

“N-Words” essay on 

“Dear Gordon” essay in Tinhouse magazine 

NYTBR review of Casey Gerald’s There Will Be No Miracles Here 

NYTBR review of Greg Pardlo’s Air Traffic



Whiting Award / Whiting Foundation

The Residue Years: From Prison to the Pen / Friday forum

Mitchell Jackson on ‘The Residue Years’ and His Own Story, Fictionalized /

Interview with Tavis Smiley / PBS.ORG

Interview / Other people podcast