MFA in Writing

T. Geronimo Johnson / Visiting Faculty, Fiction

T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson was born in New Orleans. His second novel, the bestselling Welcome to Braggsville, follows four UC Berkeley students who stage a “performative intervention” during a Civil War reenactment in the heart of Georgia.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Johnson has taught writing at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, the Writers’ Workshop, the Prague Summer Program, Oregon State University, San Quentin, and elsewhere. He has worked on, at, or in brokerages, kitchens, construction sites, phone rooms, education non-profits, writing centers, summer camps, ladies shoe stores, nightclubs, law firms, offset print shops, and a political campaign that shall remain unnamed.

He also wrote a couple of novels that have—between the two—been selected by the Wall Street Journal Book Club, named a 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, longlisted for the National Book Award, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a finalist for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, included on Time Magazine’s list of the top ten books of 2015, awarded the Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and named the winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.  Johnson was a 2016 National Book Award judge. He lives in domestic and commercial political exile.