T. Geronimo Johnson born in New Orleans, received his BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Oglethorpe, an MA in Language Literacy and Culture from UC Berkeley, and his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Johnson has taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford, the Writers’ Workshop, the Prague Summer Program, OSU, TSU, San Quentin, and elsewhere. He has worked on, at, or in brokerages, kitchens, construction sites, phone rooms, education non-profits, writing centers, summer camps, a women’s shoe store, nightclubs, law firms, offset print shops, and a political campaign that shall remain unnamed. His novels have been selected by the Wall Street Journal Book Club, named a 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, shortlisted for the 2016 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, longlisted for the National Book Award, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a finalist for The Bridge Book Award, a finalist for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, included on Time Magazine’s list of the top ten books of 2015, awarded the Saroyan International Prize for Writing, named the winner of the 2015 Ernest J Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He was the recipient of the inaugural Simpson Family Literary Prize (aka The Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize). Johnson was a 2016 National Book Award judge. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and currently resides in the Eternal City.
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