(1963 - living) U.S.A.
Kenan grew up in Chinquapin, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina.
Kenan is the author of the novel A Visitation of Spirits, the brilliant collection of stories Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, a biography of James Baldwin for youths, and most recently, the journalistic account Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.
Winner of a Whiting Award and many others, Randall Kenan represents, according to Dorothy Allison, "the hope and future of Western literature." He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, Duke, and the University of Mississippi. He is currently teaching at the University of Memphis and working on a novel set in both North Carolina and New York City.