Jeffery Renard Allen
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books, including the novels, Rails Under My Back, which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, and Song of the Shank, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His short story collection Holding Pattern won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His other honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a residency at the New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers, and a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy. He is currently a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.