John Edgar Wideman

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A widely-celebrated writer and the winner of many literary awards, he is the first to win the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice: in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. In 2000 he won the O. Henry Award for his short story "Weight", published in The Callaloo Journal.

In March, 2010, he self-published "Briefs," a new collection of microstories, on Lulu.com. Stories from the book have already been selected for the O Henry Prize for 2010 and the Best African-American Fiction 2010 award.

His nonfiction book Brothers and Keepers received a National Book Award. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and much of his writing is set there, especially in the Homewood neighborhood of the East End. He graduated fr
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An Interview about Self-Publishing

I recently sat down with Jonathan Cox at Lulu for an interview about why I chose to self-publish after 40+ years in the traditional publishing game. Here's an excerpt:

Jonathan's Introduction:
Our press release said it best: John Edgar Wideman is a literary lion. He has more than 20 traditionally published works to his name and a catalog of accolades — including two Faulkner Awards for Fiction. H...

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Published on March 13, 2010 04:59 Tags: african-american-fiction, briefs, lulu, self-publishing, short-stories
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Philadelphia Fire

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Sent for You Yesterday

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“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.”
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“Kids use words in ways that release hidden meanings, revel the history buried in sounds. They haven't forgotten that words can be more than signs, that words have magic, the power to be things, to point to themselves and materialize. With their back-formations, archaisms, their tendency to play the music in words--rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition--children peel the skin from language. Words become incantatory. Open Sesame. Abracadabra. Perhaps a child will remember the word and will bring the walls tumbling down.”
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“All Stories are True.”
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