- NAME: James Alan McPherson
- OCCUPATION: Writer
- BIRTH DATE: September 16, 1943 (Age: 70)
- Did You Know?: With his short story collection Elbow Room, James Alan McPherson became the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- EDUCATION: Morgan State University, Morris Brown College, Harvard University Law School, University of Iowa
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Savannah, Georgia
- Full Name: James Alan McPherson
- AKA: James McPherson
- AKA: James A. McPherson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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African-American author James Alan McPherson has been recognized for both his fiction and non-fiction writing. He won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1978.
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McPherson has taught literature and writing at several universities, including the University of California at Santa Cruz and Morgan State University. As his marriage was ending, he left the University of Virginia for the University of Iowa, where he has been a professor of English and part of the school's Writers' Workshop since 1981. He has also lectured at universities in Japan.
In his career, McPherson has received many honors,
including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1981. In 1995, he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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