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S. ” Samuel Delany (1942–â•… ) Novelist, critic, and memoirist. Most of his novels are in the science-fiction and fantasy genres; among the most popular are Dhalgren (1975) and the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series (1979–1987). His autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water (1988), recounts his life as a gay, black, dyslexic writer and received the Hugo Award. Trey Ellis (1962–â•… ) Novelist, essayist, memoirist, and blogger. His novel Right Here, Right Now (1999) received an American Book Award.

In his 1961 essay “Writing American Fiction” Philip Roth declared: “The American writer in the middle of the twentieth century has his hands full in trying to understand, and then describe, and then make credible much of the American reality. It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one’s own meager imagination. ” Actual events have often been so outrageous as to seem more likely fictional than real. The Polish American author Jerzy Kosinski, for example, plays on the absurdity of media culture in his novel Being There (1971).

Natasha Trethewey (1966–â•… ) Poet who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for Native Guard (2006). Her other books are Domestic Work (2000) and Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002). Rebecca Walker (1969–â•… ) Feminist author of Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self (2000) and Baby Love: On Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence (2007). Colson Whitehead (1969–â•… ) Novelist and MacArthur fellow known for such Postmodernist works as The Intuitionist (1999), John Henry Days (2001), and Apex Hides the Hurt (2006).

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