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James Alan McPherson
BornSeptember 16, 1943(1943-09-16)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
DiedJuly 27, 2016(2016-07-27) (aged 72)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
NationalityUnited States of America
EducationMorgan State University
Morris Brown College
Harvard Law School
University of Iowa
Notable work(s)Elbow Room
Notable award(s)Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
MacArthur Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellowship
Spouse(s)Sarah Lynn Charlton (div.)[1]
ChildrenRachel (daughter); Benjamin (son)[1]

James Alan McPherson (September 16, 1943 – July 27, 2016) was an American essayist and short-story writer. He was born in Savannah, Georgia.

He was the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was included among the first group of artists who received a MacArthur Fellowship. At the time of his death, McPherson was a professor emeritus of fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.[1]

McPherson died in hospice on July 27, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa, due to complications of pneumonia. He was 72.[1][2]