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Mathew Johnson


B.A., Earlham College, Indiana
M.F.A., Columbia University, New York




  • Loving Day (Spiegel & Grau/Random House, June 2015)
    • 2016 American Book Award Winner
    • Cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 1, 2015
    • Named a New York Times Notable Book
    • Named one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by the Miami Herald
    • Best of the year selection by San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Men’s Journal, The Denver Post, Slate, The Kansas City Star, Time Out New York
    • Optioned by the Showtime Network
  • Pym (Spiegel & Grau/Random House, March 2011)
    • 2011 Dos Passos Prize Winner
    • Best of the year selection by The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, Salon, National Post, The A.V. Club
  • Hunting in Harlem (Bloomsbury USA, Spring 2003)
    • 2004 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Best Novel
    • Best African American Fiction anthology selection, Bantam 2009
  • Drop (Bloomsbury USA, Fall 2000)
    • Discovery Great New Writers Selection
    • “Best Books of 2001” selection, Progressive Magazine

Creative Nonfiction

  • Great Negro Plot (Bloomsbury USA, February 2007)

Graphic Novel


  • Incognegro Renaissance (Dark Horse Comics, February 2018)
  • Right State (Vertigo/Warner Books, August 2012)
  • Dark Rain (Vertigo/Warner Books, August 2010)
  • Incognegro (Vertigo/Warner Books, February 2008; 10th Anniversary Reissue, February 2018)


  • “Loving Day Pilot,” co-written with Sam Bain (Peep Show, Four Lions), Showtime Network/Random House Pictures, 2016

Mat Johnson is a recipient of the American Book Award, the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Johnson is a regular commentator on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Honors & Awards

  • American Book Award, 2016
  • United States Artist Award: James Baldwin Fellowship Winner, 2008
  • 2007 Best African American Fiction selection
  • “2003 Five Writers on the Verge” selection, Shout Magazine, February 2003
  • Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, excerption-Broadway Books, November 2003
  • Discover Great New Writers selection, Barnes & Noble, Fall 2000
  • “Writers to Watch” selection, Interview Magainze, Fall 2000
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellow, conducted twelve-month field research of American Expatriates in Europe and Africa, 1993-1994


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