Jamel Brinkley

February 27, 2020

MLK Library, Room 225/229
San José State University

The Center for Literary Arts is excited to welcome author of A Lucky Man and finalist for the National Book Award, Jamel Brinkley in conversation with SJSU’s new fiction professor, Keenan Norris on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in MLK Library Room 225/229 at 7PM. This event is free and open to the public.

A debut that Entertainment Weekly saw “creating waves within the literary sphere,” A Lucky Man explores the charged, complex ties between men whose mistakes threaten their relationships with friends, lovers, and family members. The stories in this glittering collection reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.

Jamel Brinkley was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in California.

Keenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer won the 2012 James D. Houston Award for first books set in California. He is the editor of the critical volume Street Lit. His chapbook By the Lemon Tree was published in 2018 and his novella Luster will be published later this year. His short fiction appears in several literary journals, as well as the anthologies Oakland Noir and Inlandia: A Journey Through the Literature of Southern California’s Inland Empire. He also serves as guest editor for the Oxford African-American Studies Center with a focus on improving the Center’s archive of California scholarship.