S207. An Exemplary Omni-American: A Tribute to James Alan McPherson

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


During a forty-three year career, the late James Alan McPherson influenced countless writers at UVA and the Iowa Writers Workshop. The first African American to win the Pulitzer for fiction, his honors also included a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Award, and election into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. This diverse panel will celebrate his legacy as a writer, editor, gifted professor, and friend. His daughter, Rachel McPherson, will attend and speak at the end of the session.


Allen Gee is professor of English at Georgia College, where he directs the creative writing program and edits fiction for Arts & Letters. He is also the editor for 2040 Books, a diverse press, and is the author of My Chinese-America. His essays and stories have appeared in numerous journals.

DeWitt Henry is the author of two memoirs, a novel, and a story collection, and the editor of five anthologies. The founding editor of Ploughshares, he is Professor Emeritus at Emerson College and a contributing editor for both Solstice and Woven Tale Press magazines.

Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novels The Bible of Dirty Jokes and A Perfect Life and the memoir The Only Woman in the Room. Her story collection In the Mouth was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and won the Wallant Award. She teaches at the University of Michigan.

Marcus Burke is the author of Team Seven. He is also on the faculty of the Mountain View low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He is currently at work on his next novel.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside