Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan is an American author who was born March 12, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. At only six weeks old, Kenan moved to Duplin County, a small rural community in North Carolina, where he lived with his grandparents in a small town named Wallace. The setting of many of Kenan's novels are centered around his homeland of North Carolina. The focus of much of Kenan's work centers around on what it means to be black and gay in the southern United States. Some of Kenan's most notable works include the collection of short stories ''Let the Dead Bury Their Dead'', named a New York Times Notable Book in 1992, ''A Visitation of Spirits,'' and ''The Fire This Time''. Kenan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award and the John Dos Passos Prize.

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