The MFA Writer-in-Residence
Institute for the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor
Acclaimed author of two dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, Pittsburgh-native John Edgar Wideman is the first writer to have won the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice: for Sent for You Yesterday (1984) and for Philadelphia Fire (1990). He has won an O. Henry Award (2000), and has also received a MacArthur Prize and a Lannan Literary Award. His nonfiction book Brothers and Keepers received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 1997 his novel The Cattle Killing won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction.