Our 2021–22 Consider This series, American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes, kicked off October 13 with a conversation with writer Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math and The Residue Years.
Mitchell S. Jackson was born and raised Portland, Oregon. His work explores his hometown, including the systemic forces that shaped his community, his family, and his early life. That exploration began with his debut novel, The Residue Years, and continued in his second book, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. In his hybrid nonfiction, Jackson examines the hardships that shaped his life, his family, and his community. The book serves as a cultural critique of the racial history of Oregon, American whiteness, mass incarceration, sex work, violence, and broken families—phenomena of which Jackson is intimately familiar—and ultimately presents a microcosm of the forces blighting the lives of untold disenfranchised Americans.
In 2021, Jackson was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and a National Magazine Award for his profile of Ahmoud Arbery in Runner's World. His writing has been featured on This American Life, on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, Time Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and Marie Claire Magazine, as well as in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian, and Oregon Humanities. His next novel, John of Watts, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
This series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ More Perfect Union initiative, the Oregon Cultural Trust, The Standard, Stoel Rives LLP, the Kinsman Foundation, and the City of Portland's We Are BetterTogether program.
No comments yet.