Colson Whitehead2020 Annual McKinney Contest Guest Speaker: Colson Whitehead

Unfortunately, the speaker’s reading on April 13 has been cancelled.


Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Nickel Boys, The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. He was named New York’s 11th State Author in 2018.  Mr. Whitehead will read from his work and answer audience questions at the McKinney ceremony, which will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium on April 13, 2020.

Colson Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York TimesThe New YorkerNew York MagazineHarper’s and Granta.  He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for John Henry Days.

He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.  He lives in New York City.