Mitchell Jackson's requiem

I moved to Portland in 2005, which, in this town of newcomers, makes me an old-timer (ridiculous, I know). Even for a grizzled Portland vet like me, though, the grittier Rose City of the ‘80s and '90s—especially pre-gentrification, drug- and violence-plagued Northeast Portland—is the stuff of legend. With his debut novel The Residue Years, out this month, native Mitchell Jackson offers a glimpse into—and requiem for—that Portland, warts and all. I wrote about the book, and its author’s remarkable rise from at-risk youth and felon to author and professor for the August issue of Portland Monthly