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

His personal essays, poems, and writings on books, film, jazz, and American identity have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The Times Literary Supplement, The Threepenny Review, The Georgia ReviewCineaste, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the forthcoming Best American Essays 2018. He is the author of a novel, Signifying Nothing.

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 J.D. & Me, equal parts memoir, reflection on race, reportage, and discussion of the work of Joan Didion, will be published by Other Press in 2019. He lives in Brooklyn.