Author Profile: Jamel Brinkley, author of ‘A Lucky Man’

By Laura Farmer, correspondent

Author Jamel Brinkley has earned some of the most prestigious appointments a young writer can grasp: after graduating from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Brinkley was a Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and is currently a Stenger Fellow at Stanford, a program so competitive fewer than 1% of applicants are admitted.

He’s a stratospheric talent, as evidenced in the nine stories in his debut collection, “A Lucky Man.” Here Brinkley’s characters — all African American men living in New York City — grapple with masculinity, race, ambition, and pride, all…

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