Percival Everett, a professor of English in the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, has received an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The $7,500 prize, which honors established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, will be presented May 21 at the academy’s annual ceremony in New York.
Everett teaches courses in creative writing, American studies and critical theory. He is the author of 10 novels and two collections of stories.
In recent years, his writing has earned the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature (for the 1996 story collection “Big Picture”) and the New American Writing Award (for the 1990 novel “Zulus”).
He also served as a judge for the 1997 National Book Award for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction in 1991.
The academy’s 250 members nominate candidates for the annual awards; a rotating committee of writers selects winners. Members of the 2003 committee were Ann Beattie, Horton Foote, George Plimpton, Robert Pinksy, Elizabeth Spencer and Charles Wright.
The seven other winners honored for exceptional accomplishment in any genre were Andrea Barrett, Clark Blaise, Hilary Masters, Lynne McMahon, Gregory Orr, Tom Sleigh and Anne Winters.
Other honors to be handed out include the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and Rome Fellowships in Literature.
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