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Powerful…full of impossible hope….Jackson’s prose has a spoken-word cadence, the language flying off the page with percussive energy…there is a warmth and a hard-won wisdom about the intersection of race and poverty in America.” – New York Times Book Review

Mitchell Jackson came to visit our boys and they were mesmerized.  He was born in Portland, Oregon to a teenage mother.  While Jackson’s biological father was absent, Jackson was co-parented by his mother’s boyfriend who was a former convict supporting himself and the family as a pimp. Around the time Jackson turned ten, his mother began using crack cocaine, an addiction that lasted into Jackson’s adulthood. Jackson meanwhile started selling crack in his teens. In 1996 he was arrested and later convicted for drug distribution. He spent 16 months in an Oregon state prison. Upon his release, Jackson—who was already a college Junior—re-enrolled in college. He earned a Bachelors of Speech Communication and retuned two years later to earn a Masters of Writing degree from Portland State University. He moved to New York and later earned an MFA from New York University.