Mitchell S. Jackson is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Chicago and the winner of a Whiting Award. His debut novel, The Residue Years, received wide critical praise, 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 Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, and more. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. His most recent book is Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family.