2021 SPECIAL GUEST
Walton Muyumba is a writer and critic. He sat on the National Book Critics Circle’s Board of Directors, 2014-2020. Muyumba’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Oxford American, among other outlets. He’s an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Associate Director of Creative Writing at Indiana University-Bloomington. Muyumba is the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism (2009). Walton Muyumba helped choose the stories included in John Edgar Wideman's You Made Me Love You: Selected Stories, 1981-2018 (2021) and he wrote the Introduction for the volume. On October 30, he will introduce John Edgar Wideman for the Fitzgerald Award and he will participate with John Edgar Wideman in "A Conversation About the Art of Fiction."