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David Wright


Research Interests

African-American Literature, Contemporary American Literature, Fiction


University of Massachusetts, Amherst - MFA in Creative Writing 

Awards and Honors

LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, Feb. 2021.


Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, English
Professor, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Professor, Center for African Studies
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Highlighted Publications

Black Cloud Rising, a novel, Grove Atlantic (HarperCollins Canada, Canadian edition), February 8, 2022.

Mixeded: The Truth about My Father,” The New Yorker, July 11-18, 2022.

Lone Star: A Drive across the Lone Star State,” The New Yorker, July 12-19, 2021.

The Sand Banks, 1861,” The New Yorker, Aug. 31, 2020.


Recent Publications

Wright Faladé, D. (2023). Sunny. In B. A. Kaplan (Ed.), Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches Bloomsbury Academic.

Wright, D. (2022). Black Cloud Rising: A Novel. Grove Atlantic.

Wright, D. (2020). "The Sand Banks, 1861". The New Yorker.

Wright, D., & Bouchard, L. (2016). Away Running. Orca Book Publishers.

Wright, D. (2014). Writing Race in America. Chronicle of Higher Education.

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