Ishmael Reed is a winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (genius award), the renowned L.A. Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer, has been a finalist for two National Book Awards, is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, and founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which promotes multicultural American writing. He also founded PEN Oakland which issues the Josephine Miles Literary Awards. Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty titles including the acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo, as well as essays, plays and poetry. Other titles include: The Freelance Pallbearers; The Terrible Threes; The Last Days of Louisiana Red; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; Reckless Eyeballing; Flight To Canada; and Japanese By Spring, among others.

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