Colson Whitehead is a New York Times bestselling author, born and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he worked at the Village Voice. His first novel, The Intuitionist, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Whiteheads five following books of fiction and nonfiction received wide acclaim, including: finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award, finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a New York Times Bestseller. The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, a non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker, was published in 2014. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has taught at numerous universities, including Columbia, Princeton, and Wesleyan, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming. His newest novel, The Underground Railroad, will be published in September 2016.