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Writer; and Phil and Penny Knight Professor in Creative Writing, Stanford University

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Spring 2017


Adam Johnson is the Phil and Penny Knight Professor in Creative Writing at Stanford University. He earned his PhD in English from Florida State University, MA and MFA from McNeese State University, and BA in journalism from Arizona State University.

Johnson is the 2016 winner of the Story Prize, 2015 recipient of the National Book Award in fiction, for his short-story collection Fortune Smiles (Random House, 2015), and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son (Random House, 2012). He is also the author of the short-story collection Emporium and the novel Parasites Like Us (Viking, 2003). His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. In addition to receiving numerous additional literary awards, Johnson was a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a 2013-14 Guggenheim Fellow. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories.