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About Marlon James

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. His first novel, John Crow's Devil (Akashic Books, 2005) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was a New York Times Editors' Choice. The novel was published in the United Kingdom and Italy in 2008. A new novel, The Book of Night Women will be published by Riverhead Books, also in 2008.
He graduated from The University of the West Indies in 1991 with a B.A in Literature, and Wilkes University in 2006 with an M.A. in Creative Writing. At Wilkes he was awarded Norman Mailer's Norris Church Mailer Scholarship for Creative Writing. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons (2006), Bronx Noir (2007) and Silent Voices (2007) for which he received a Pushcart Prize nomination. His non-fiction has appeared in the Caribbean Review of Books.
EDUCATION: B.A., University of the West Indies; M.A., Wilkes University.
Professor Marlon has been teaching at Macalester since 2007.


Present Associate Professor, English, Macalester College

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  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Crafts of Writing: Fiction
  • Crafts of Writing: Creative Non-fiction

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