Mat Johnson


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in Philadelphia, PA, The United States
August 19, 1970

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Mat Johnson is an American writer of literary fiction who works in both prose and the comics format. In 2007, he was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by United States Artists.

Johnson was born and raised in the Germantown and Mount Airy communities in Philadelphia.

His mother is African American and his father is Irish Catholic. He attended Greene Street Friends School, West Chester University, University of Wales, Swansea, and ultimately received his B.A. from Earlham College. In 1993 he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Johnson received his M.F.A. from Columbia University School of the Arts (1999).

Johnson has taught at Rutgers University, Columbia University, Bard College, and The Callaloo Journal Writers Retreat. He is no
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Loving Day

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Hellblazer: Papa Midnite

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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

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Drop

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Right State

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Hunting in Harlem

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“A man's daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.”
Mat Johnson, Loving Day

“It is a great moment in every freak's life when he or she finds out that at least they are not the only one.”
Mat Johnson, Pym

“I have found that, in the African American oral tradition, if the words are enunciated eloquently enough, no one examines the meaning for definitive truth.”
Mat Johnson, Loving Day

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