Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Iowa Writers' Workshop and the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are delighted to announce that Jamel Brinkley will join Margot Livesey, Charles D’Ambrosio, Ethan Canin, James Galvin, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis, and Lan Samantha Chang as a permanent Workshop faculty member.

Brinkley will join the Workshop in fall 2020 as assistant professor and will teach Graduate Fiction Workshop courses and Form of Fiction seminars to students enrolled in the graduate creative writing program.

“Jamel is an extraordinary writer and an exceptional teacher,” says Chang, director of the Workshop and Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor of the Arts. “Every member of the faculty is excited that he will be joining us. We admire his brilliant collection, and we’re impressed that he has worked with students of many different ages and in various capacities for twenty years. I’m delighted to welcome him back to Iowa, where he will share his voice, expertise, and literary knowledge.”

Jamel Brinkley’s short story collection, A Lucky Man, won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, the 2019 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the 2018 Story Prize, the 2018 John Leonard Prize for Best First Fiction, and the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction. He graduated from the Writers’ Workshop in 2015, after which he received the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Residency Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University. At Columbia University, Brinkley received undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Comparative Literature as well as a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies. He has received scholarships at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Tin House Summer Workshop, where he has also served on the fiction faculty. He was raised in the Bronx and in Brooklyn, New York.

More on the Iowa Writers' Workshop website here.

[photo credit: Arash Saedinia]