Bloomsburg University to present award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson for Big Dog Reading Series

For Immediate Release

Date: February 7, 2020

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Written by: Shana Wetzel, Student Intern

Bloomsburg University to present award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson for Big Dog Reading Series

BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania presents Mitchell S. Jackson, author of “Survival Math: Notes on All-American Family” and “The Residue Years” on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. Jackson’s appearance is part of the Big Dog Reading Series.

Jackson is from Portland Ore. and has earned masters in writing from Portland State University and an MFA from New York University.  He has received awards such as Whiting Writers Award and the Ernest Gaines Prize for literacy excellence. He also teaches writing at NYU and Columbia, all while touring the country speaking at colleges and prisons. His nonfiction book “Notes on an All-American Family” is a story of his family’s life and what it was like to grow up in Portland, Ore. His novel “The Residue Years” is a personal story of his mother who just got out of drug treatment and a boy who sells crack to bring in money so he can achieve his dream which is to keep the family home where he grew up.

The Big Dog Reading Series began in 2000, bringing nationally-recognized and regional poets and writers to present public readings and interact with students through class visits and workshops. The Series was started by faculty member’s Jerry Wemple and Claire Lawrence to contribute to the University’s budding creative writing program.

The English Department and the Fredrick Douglass Society are sponsoring the event.