Martin Pousson Black Sheep Boy

BIO

Martin Pousson is a novelist, poet, and professor at California State University Northridge, where he teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Queer Studies Program. He was born and raised in the bayou land of Louisiana and earned a BA in English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he was named Most Outstanding Graduate, and a MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University, where he won the inaugural School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship Award. He taught at Columbia University, Rutgers University and Loyola University before joining the faculty at CSUN. His first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and his first collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. His second novel, Black Sheep Boy, won the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. The novel-in-stories also was a finalist for the Simpson Family Literary Prize, and it was featured on NPR’s The Reading Life, as a Los Angeles Times Literary Pick, as The Millions Best Summer Horror Selection, as a Book Riot Must-Read Indie Press Book, and as a finalist for the On Top Down Under Book of the Year Award. Stories from Black Sheep Boy were selected for the annual Best Gay Stories and Best Gay Speculative Fiction anthologies. At CSUN, he received an Outstanding Faculty Award for Exceptional Creative Accomplishment, an Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Jerome Richfield Scholar Award. He has served as founding advisor of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle and as faculty advisor for LGBTQA, Queer Ambassadors, and the Queer People of Color Committee.

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