Colson Whitehead Archives

2020 Pulitzer Prize winners include many writers of color

May 28, 2020

There were a couple of firsts in this year’s announcement of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize. First off, it was done remotely on Monday, May 4, 2020, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “It goes without saying that today, we announce the Pulitzer winners in deeply trying times,” said Dana Canedy, the administrator of… [Read More]

Colson Whitehead on the ‘incredible evil’ of the real school that inspired ‘Nickel Boys’ – the true story about black youth

July 18, 2019

By Carolyn Kellogg Two miles north of Interstate 10, a cool breeze ruffles the overgrown grass around the Dozier School for Boys. This is 2,200 miles east of Santa Monica, in Marianna, FL, where the air is filled with humidity. Grasshoppers sing and a jay swoops by, bright blue. The scattered buildings are picturesquely losing… [Read More]