Mat Johnson
Fiction Writer
Houston, TX
2007 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the James Baldwin Estate.

Mat Johnson was born to an Irish American father and an African American mother, who was a social worker and raised him after his parents divorced. He attended graduate school at Columbia University. Johnson has written two novels, includingHunting in Harlem(2004, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in fiction), about the area’s gentrification, and a nonfiction book,The Great Negro Plot. His work addresses contemporary race and social issues with wicked humor.

Portrait photo courtesy Emily Shur.

  • Artwork by Mat Johnson
    Hunting in Harlem, 2003; photo courtesy Bloomsbury USA
Artwork by Mat Johnson