U.S.A. / 1978
Short story writer and essayist James Alan McPherson was the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His prize-winning short story collection, Elbow Room, explored the intersections between Black and white lives. McPherson passed away on July 27th, 2016 at the age of 72. In honor of his life and work, the New York Times wrote a wonderful article about him. He led a truly interesting life. Read it here.