Hilton Als

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Hilton Als
Born 1960 (age 56–57)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Writer, critic
Genre Theatre criticism

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.[citation needed]

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.[1][2][3] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] He has taught at Smith College, Wesleyan University, 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. ^ Fusco, Coco (Winter 1997). "The Women". BOMB. 
  2. ^ Lee, Andrea (January 5, 1997). "Fatal Limitations". New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b Bernstein, Richard (January 1, 1997). "Feminine Mystique in the Eyes of an 'Auntie Man'". New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ Franklin Crawford (December 15, 2003), "Hilton Als, New Yorker critic, wins George Jean Nathan Award", Cornell Chronicle, retrieved September 3, 2014 
  5. ^ "Hilton Als - Holtzbrinck Fellow, Class of Fall 2004". American Academy in Berlin. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hilton Als". Windham–Campbell Literature Prize. February 29, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 

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