Mat Johnson

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UO names writing professor Mat Johnson its newest Knight Chair

Mat Johnson, a professor in the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the UO’s newest Philip H. Knight Chair. Johnson joined the UO faculty in 2018 after a decade teaching at the University of Houston’s creative writing program. His published works include the novels “Loving Day,” winner of the 2016 American Book Award; “Pym” (2011); “Hunting in Harlem” (2003); and “Drop” (2000); and graphic novels “Incognegro” (2008) and “Dark Rain” (2010). He teaches in the comics and cartoon studies minor in the Department of English.
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Author Mat Johnson puts the jest back in genius

It’s typical of Mat Johnson, the latest guest of the University of Michigan’s Zell Visiting Writers Series, to tackle topics like liminal identity, race theory and institutional oppression in, as he calls it, “an adventure book.” Johnson writes across genre and across medium, authoring adventure, fantasy, non-fiction, mystery novels and graphic novels alike. Quintessential to all of his work is cleverly deployed satirical humor.
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