Martin Pousson is a Professor in the College of Humanities, where he teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Queer Studies Program. He was born and raised in the bayou land of Louisiana and earned a BA in English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he was named Most Outstanding Graduate, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University, where he won the inaugural School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship Award. He taught at Columbia University, Rutgers University and Loyola University before joining the faculty at CSUN in 2007. His first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and his first collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. His novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, won the 2017 PEN Center USA Fiction Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and it was featured on NPR’s The Reading Life, as a Los Angeles Times Literary Pick, and as a Book Riot Must-Read Indie Press Book. Black Sheep Boy also was a finalist for the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize, and two of its stories were selected for the 2017 Best Gay Fiction and Best Speculative Fiction Anthologies. At CSUN, he has received an Outstanding Faculty Award for Exceptional Creative Accomplishment, an Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Jerome Richfield Scholar Award. He has served as Faculty Advisor for LGBTQA, Queer Ambassadors, Queer People of Color Committee, and the Northridge Creative Writing Circle.
- M.F.A. 1999, Columbia University
- B.A. 1987, Loyola University New Orleans
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