Marlon James graduated from The University of the West Indies in 1991 with a B.A in Literature, and Wilkes University in 2006 with an M.A. in Creative Writing. At Wilkes he was awarded Norman Mailer's Norris Church Mailer Scholarship for Creative Writing. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons (2006), Bronx Noir (2007) and Silent Voices (2007) for which he received a Pushcart Prize nomination. His non-fiction has appeared in the Caribbean Review of Books.
He has taught at the Calabash International Literary Festival Workshop in Kingston Jamaica for two years. More recently he has taught at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City and was a judge for the PEN Beyond Margins Award.
Genres: Fantasy, Literary Fiction
Marlon James recommends
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So Many Islands (2017)
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Cut Guavas (2018)
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Around Harvard Square (2019)
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Sharks in the Time of Saviours (2020)
Kawai Strong Washburn
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Rainbow Milk (2020)
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The Prophets (2021)
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The Committed (2021)
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