Hilton Als

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Hilton Als
Born 1960
Occupation Writer and Critic

Hilton Als (born 1960) is an American writer and theater critic who writes for The New Yorker magazine. Als is a former staff writer for The Village Voice and former editor-at-large at Vibe magazine.

Background and career[edit]

Als was born in New York City, with roots in Barbados.[1]

His 1996 book The Women focuses on his mother (who raised him in Brooklyn), Dorothy Dean, and Owen Dodson, who was a mentor and lover of Als.[2][3][4] In the book, Als explores his identification of the confluence of his ethnicity, gender and sexuality, moving from identifying as a "Negress" and then an "Auntie Man", a Barbadian term for homosexuals.[4] His 2013 book White Girls continued to explore race, gender, identity in a series of essays about everything from the AIDS epidemic to Richard Pryor's life and work.

Als received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2000 for creative writing and the 2002–03 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.[5] In 2004 he won the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, which provided him half a year of free working and studying in Berlin.[6] He has taught at Smith College, Wesleyan, and Yale University, and his work has also appeared in The Nation, The Believer, and the New York Review of Books.

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  1. ^ aalbc.com.
  2. ^ Fusco, Coco (Winter 1997), "The Women", BOMB (58) 
  3. ^ Lee, Andrea (1997-01-05), "Fatal Limitations", New York Times 
  4. ^ a b Bernstein, Richard (1997-01-01), "Feminine Mystique in the Eyes of an 'Auntie Man'", New York Times, retrieved 2009-12-01 
  5. ^ Franklin Crawford (December 15, 2003), "Hilton Als, New Yorker critic, wins George Jean Nathan Award", Cornell Chronicle, retrieved September 3, 2014 
  6. ^ "Hilton Als - Holtzbrinck Fellow, Class of Fall 2004". American Academy in Berlin. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 

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