James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943. He is the author of two short story collections, Hue and Cry (1968) and Elbow Room (1977), which won the Pulitzer Prize, and the memoir Crabcakes (1998). His work has appeared in various journals, short story anthologies, and The Best American Essays. McPherson’s honors include the Paul Engle Award from Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, and he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He was the first African American writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition to having taught English at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Harvard, and Yale, McPherson served as a permanent faculty member and professor emeritus of fiction in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa until his death in 2016.
Audio Recordings of Tim O’Brien
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, James Alan McPherson and Tim O’Brien reading from their fiction on November 6, 1978.