From the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:
Colson Whitehead is the author of five novels, including the Pulitzer Finalist John Henry Days (2001), and his most recent book is non-fiction.
After graduating from Harvard College in 1991, Whitehead moved to New York City to work for The Village Voice. Since then, his essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker and he is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton University.
Among Whitehead’s honors are Ainsfield-Wolf Book Award, a Whiting Writers Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship, the “genius” award. His work has been described as “scintillating,” “strikingly original,” and “blithely gifted.”