Recipient of a 2013 Pulitzer Prize award in fiction for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son and also a Whiting Writers’ Award winner, Johnson’s work has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, The New York Times and Best American Short Stories. Currently an associate professor of English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Stanford University, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation for 2013-2014 and the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010.
Johnson has written several books, including Fortune Smiles and Emporium, both short-story collections, and the novel Parasites Like Us.
Designed to engage and expose students to contemporary literature, M.A.R.S. has brought several notable writers to campus for readings and book signings since its inception in 2010. A few of the writers include: TheNew York TimesSunday Book Review Editors’ Choice winners Josh Weil and Honor Moore, Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and Claudia Emerson, and National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Hayden Hall, room 100. M.A.R.S. is co-sponsored by the College’s English department and the School of Liberal Arts.