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Victor LaValle


(b.1972)

Victor LaValle, born February 3, 1972, was raised in Flushing and Rosedale, Queens. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English and received his M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Columbia University.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection 'Slapboxing with Jesus' and two novels, 'The Ecstatic' and 'Big Machine'.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens.

He can be kind of hard to reach.

Genres: Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, Horror
 
Anthologies edited
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Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : The Ecstatic
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (2017) : The Ballad of Black Tom
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2018) : The Changeling
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Changeling


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