Madison Smartt Bell

Professor, English; Chair for Distinguished Achievement; Codirector of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing

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B.A. (English Literature), Princeton University, 1979
M.A. (English and Creative Writing), Hollins College, 1981

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Creative Writing (fiction); Literary journalism, Haitian Studies, French 18th century

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, Pantheon Books, 2007

Charm City: A Walk through Baltimore (nonfiction) Crown, 2007

New Stories from the South 2009: The Year's Best
(anthology edited by Madison Smartt Bell)
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009

Devil's Dream
(novel) Pantheon, 2009

The Color of Night
(novel), Vintage Books 2011 (paperback original)

Fourteen other books published prior to 2006, and numerous articles and fiction publications in Harper’s, Atlantic, New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, New York Times Magazine, etc. Fiction publications in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.

Funded Research

Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship, City University of New York 2011-12 (support and residency to write biography of Jean Jacques Dessalines.)

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2008-2013

National Book Award Finalist (for All Souls' Rising) 1995

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist (for All Souls' Rising) 1996

Maryland Author Award (from the Maryland Library Ass. for All Souls' Rising), 1996

Selected for Granta "Best American Novelists Under 40" issue, 1996