T. Geronimo Johnson, who teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, has been selected to receive the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing from the Stanford University Libraries in the fiction category. He will be honored and receive a cash prize at a ceremony at Stanford this fall.
Johnson is being honored for his book Welcome to Braggsville (William Morrow, 2015). The novel tells the story of four students from the University of California, Berkeley, who stage a protest at a Civil War reenactment event in Georgia. An earlier novel by Professor Johnson was Hold It ‘Til It Hurts (Coffee House Press, 2012).
Professor Johnson is a native of New Orleans. He holds a master’s degree in language, literacy, and culture from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.