May 22, 1973 |
Olympia Vernon (born May 22, 1973) is an African-American author who has published three novels: Eden (2002), Logic (2004), and A Killing In This Town (2006). Eden won the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Vernon was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and grew up in Mount Hermon, Louisiana and Osyka, Mississippi. The family had seven children. Her father, Fletcher Williams, Jr., graduated from the University of Mississippi. Vernon attended South Pike High School in Magnolia, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1999. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in 2002.
She wrote Eden while in graduate school. In 2005 she received the Louisiana Governor's Award for Professional Artist of the Year. In 2007-08 Vernon was the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing at Willamette University. In 2007, she won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for A Killing In This Town.
- Langley, Greg. Olympia Vernon is winner of inaugural Gaines Award. The Advocate, December 9, 2007.
- "Novelist Named Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern". News Release. Retrieved 2006-04-28.
- "Author Bio". A Killing in This Town. Retrieved 2006-04-28.
- "Olympia Vernon Reads at Friends of the Library Event". News Release. Retrieved 2006-09-27.
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