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The Believer Presents Mitchell S. Jackson In Conversation with Niela Orr

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The Black Mountain Institute, The Writer’s Block, and The Believer are proud to present Whiting Award-winning writer, renowned speaker, and criminal justice reform advocate Mitchell S. Jackson. Jackson’s debut autobiographical novel The Residue Years follows Champ Thomas and his mother, Grace, and the cycles of poverty and addiction that surround them. Jackson will discuss his work with interview wizard, Believer editor and BMI Eleanor Kagi Foundation writer-in-residence Niela Orr.


Mitchell S. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the BreadLoaf Conference, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, Salon, and Tin House. Jackson is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing in the Liberal Studies Program of New York University.

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Niela Orr, a writer from Philadelphia, is the Eleanor Kagi Foundation Writer-in-Residence at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute.  She is an interviews editor of The Believer, a columnist for The Baffler, and a contributing editor of The Organist podcast. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Elle, BuzzFeed, and McSweeney's Quarterly.

This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.