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James Alan McPherson

James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1943 and was educated at Morris Brown College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop.  His books include Hue and Cry, Elbow Room, Crabcakes, and A Region Not Home. He has written, “I believe that if one can experience diversity, touch a variety of its people, laugh at its craziness, distill wisdom from its tragedies, and attempt to synthesize all this inside oneself without going crazy, one will have earned the right to call oneself ‘citizen of the United States’.” Mr. McPherson lives in Iowa City, Iowa, and teaches at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop.

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2002 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction