Madison Smartt Bell

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(Smartt Bell, Madison) Madison Smartt Bell is the author of thirteen novels and two collections of short stories. Bell’s eighth novel, All Souls’ Rising, was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race. He has written extensively on Haiti, including his Haitian Revolution trilogy, and a biography of Toussaint Louverture. A graduate of Princeton University and Hollins College, he has taught in various creative writing programs, including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Since 1984, he has taught in the Goucher College Creative Writing Program, where he is currently Professor of English. Bell’s latest novel is the metaphysical thriller Behind the Moon (City Lights), in which a girl fleeing from a violent sexual encounter in the desert tumbles into a cave and falls into a fever dream inspired by ancient drawings on the cave walls.