Thompson received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013 for Love for Sale and Other Essays, published by Autumn House Press, which also brought out his memoir, Twin of Blackness (2015).

His personal essays and writings on books, film, jazz, and American identity have appeared in publications including Best American Essays 2018The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Village VoiceThe Times Literary SupplementThe Threepenny ReviewCommonwealCineaste, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of a novel, Signifying Nothing, and his poems have been published in journals that include The Georgia Review and Clockhouse. For over a dozen years he served as the editor of Current Biography, and he has taught creative nonfiction writing at the Bennington Writing Seminars, New York University, Columbia University, Queens College, and Sarah Lawrence College. His book What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues will be published in 2019. He lives in Brooklyn.

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