Shane Book’s first collection, Ceiling of Sticks (University
of Nebraska Press), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize
and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award
and was a Poetry Society of America “New American
Poet” Selection. He is a graduate of New York University
and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace
Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His work has appeared
in seventeen anthologies and over forty-five magazines
in the U.S., U.K., and Canada and on film. He has received
scholarships to the MacDowell Colony, Brazil’s Sacatar
Foundation, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Naropa
University’s Summer Writing Program and Cave Canem.
His honors include a New York Times Fellowship
in Poetry, Fellowships to the Flaherty Film Seminar and
the Telluride Film Festival, an Academy of American Poets
Prize, and a National Magazine Award. He has taught at
New York University, Randolph-Macon Women’s College,
the University of Iowa, Temple University and Stanford
University and is currently Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Mat Johnson is a novelist who sometimes writes other things.
He is the author of the novels Pym, Drop,
and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The
Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark
Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist
James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award,
a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,
and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Mat Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston
Creative Writing Program.
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