Born and raised in New Orleans, T. Geronimo Johnson received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UC Berkeley. His second novel, the bestselling Welcome to Braggsville was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, named one of the ten books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and won the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A former Stegner Fellow, Johnson has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the Writers' Workshop, the Prague Summer Program, San Quentin, and elsewhere. His first novel, Hold it `til it Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Berkeley, CA.
`The most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-listen-up novel you'll read this year. T. Geronimo Johnson plays cultural criticism like it's acid jazz. His shockingly funny story pricks every nerve of the American body politic. Welcome to Braggsville. It's about time.' The Washington Post `Full of virtuosic sentences and coruscating satire ... a brilliant and necessary read' Buzzfeed, Books of the Year Audacious, unpredictable, exuberant and even tragic, in the most classic meaning of the word . . . A heady mix of satire and hyperbole. At times, Welcome to Braggsville reads like a literary hybrid of David Foster Wallace and Colson Whitehead.' Los Angeles Times Book Review `As daring a literary high-wire act as has come along in some time ... Frequently and unabashedly funny ... A volatile mix of stinging satire, linguistic pyrotechnics and heartbreaking narrative.' San Francisco Chronicle `A rollicking satire ... Radical, hilarious, tragic, and all too relevant' O Magazine `Ghastly and funny and gloriously provocative ... Johnson's prose is by turns scathing dark humour, soaring lyricism, and a quietly devastating analysis of every species of injustice. The result is a kind of mind-melting poetry - a linguistic electroconvulsive therapy for the reader. This book will wake you up!' Karen Russell `Transcendence is what Geronimo Johnson achieves in this remarkable novel. Every racial assumption is both acknowledged and challenged in ways at times hilarious, at other times poignant. Welcome to Braggsville is ambitious, wise, and brave.' Ron Rash `Surprising, heartbreaking, tragicomic, and deeply disturbing' Jaimy Gordon `As smart as it is subversive, and as bleakly hilarious as it is deeply necessary' Jennifer du Bois `The best and most powerful form of satire; it sets fire to your brain while expanding your heart. Big, shiny literary prizes were created for books like this one' Wiley Cash