Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Style Magazine, BuzzFeed, the BBC, Vulture, The Paris Review, Boston Review, The Cut, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, MUNCHIES, American Short Fiction, GQ, FADER, The Awl, The Believer, Hazlitt, and Catapult, where he wrote a column called “Bayou Diaries”. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award recipient, an Ernest J. Gaines Award recipient, an International Dylan Thomas Prize recipient, a Lambda Literary Award recipient, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.
His first novel, Memorial, drops on October 27th. You can read an excerpt of it here at The New Yorker. TIME, Vogue, People, Vulture, Buzzfeed, Kirkus, Goodreads, and Bookpage are looking forward to it, and it’s been nominated for The Center for Fiction’s 2020 First Novel Prize. You can pre-order it here, or from your local indie, or from mine. His first book, Lot, was pubbed by Riverhead.