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Anthony Grooms

An inaugural member of George Mason’s MFA program, Anthony Grooms studied with Richard Bausch, Susan Shreve and Steve Goodwin, and is the author of award-winning books of fiction.  His education at the College of William and Mary and George Mason University led him to a teaching career in Georgia, where since 1994, he has taught creative writing and literature at Kennesaw State University, and directs its M. A. in Professional Writing Program. He has also taught in Ghana and Sweden, and lectured in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.  He is the author of Ice Poems, Trouble No More: Stories, Bombingham, a novel, and The Vain Conversation, a novel. His stories and poems have been published in Callaloo, African American Review, Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement, and many other literary journals and anthologies. Writing in MELUS, a critical journal of multi-ethnic literature, Professor Diptiranjan Pattanaik said that Trouble No More demonstrates “the insider’s profound knowledge of the history and struggles of African Americans, while consistently managing to circumscribe a breadth of understanding with a tender story-telling art.”  Reviewing Bombingham for the Washington Post, critic Jabari Asim wrote, "In its insistence that 'the world is a tumultuous place and every soul in it suffers,' this powerful, resonant novel offers no consolations.  Grooms offers consolation, however, in allowing us to be present at the emergence of a brave and promising talent.”  New York Times bestselling author, Ron Rash says of The Vain Conversation, “When we finish the last page, the book is not finished with us.  It will haunt us.”  Grooms is a Fulbright Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Hurston-Wright Foundation Legacy Award finalist, an Arts Administration Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the recipient of two Lillian Smith Awards from the Southern Regional Council. Trouble No More, Bombingham and The Vain Conversation have been selected as All Georgia Reads books.  Recently, The Vain Conversation was honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Adopted for study in colleges, Bombinghamwas the 2013 common book selection for Washington, D. C. Grooms is finishing novels about Black Americans in Sweden and school desegregation in Birmingham, Alabama.