Minnesota's Macalester College has announced that as of January 1, 2017, Macalester English professor and multi-award winning author Marlon James, will be it's first ever writer-in-residence.
James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, considered the most prestigious prize in literature, for his most recent novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. In it, James confronts the untold history of Jamaica in the late 1970s: the assassination attempt on Bob Marley, and the country’s own clandestine battles during the Cold War. The novel employs multiple genres: the political thriller, the oral biography, and the classic whodunit. James was the first writer from Jamaica to win in the Man Booker Prize in its 47-year history.
In his new position at Macalester, James will continue to teach two courses per year.He joined the English department in 2007 and has taught Introduction to Creative Writing; American Literature 1945-Present; Anglophone Literature: Beyond Post-Colonial; Advanced Writing Workshop: Novella; Topics in Literature and Creative Writing: Your Self as Character; Crafts of Writing: Fiction; The Crafts of Writing: Creative Nonfiction; Projects in Creative Writing; and Topics in Creative Writing