The Oberlin Lectures in English and American Literatures presents:
A Conversation with Percival Everett hosted by Gillian Johns and Dan Chaon
Percival Everett teaches fiction writing and critical theory and is currently Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of more than 20 novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry. Among his novels are Percival Everett by Virgil Russell (2013), Assumption (2011), I Am Not Sidney Poitier (2009), The Water Cure (2008), Wounded, Glyph, Erasure, Zulus, Watershed, God's Country and Suder. His poetry collections include Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2011) and re: f(gesture).
Everett is the recipient of the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from an American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Believer Book Award, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, and a New American Writing Award.
Everett’s stories have been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories, and with these many novels and collections of poetry and stories to his credit, he has developed a reputation as a wordsmith.
Everett has served as a judge for, among others, the 1997 National Book Award for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1991.
Everett has also worked as a musician and a horse trainer. He lives with his wife and two sons in Los Angeles.
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