Percival Everett

Distinguished Professor of English
Email peverett@usc.edu Office THH 431 Office Phone (213) 821-0477

Education

  • M.A. Fiction, Brown University, 1/1982
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor, University of California, Riverside, 01/01/1992 – 01/01/1998
    • Professor, University of Notre Dame, 01/01/1988 – 01/01/1991
    • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 01/01/1985 – 01/01/1988
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Professor Everett researches American studies and critical theory and creates his own works of fiction, including 15 novels and collections. He recently won the 2002 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for his novel Erasure, a satiric indictment of race and publishing in America.

  • Other

    • Everett II, P. L. (1999). Glyph, 1999.
    • Everett II, P. L. (1997). Frenzy, 1997.
    • Everett II, P. L. Erasure, 2001.
    • Everett II, P. L. Grand Canyon, Inc., 2001.
    • Everett II, P. L. The One That Got Away, 1992.
    • Everett II, P. L. God’s Country, 1994.
    • novel, Suder, 1984-1985
    • novel, Walk Me to the Distance, 1985-1986
    • collection of stories, The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair, 1987-1988
    • novel, For Her Dark Skin, 1990-1991
    • novel, Zulus, 1990-1991
    • novel, Watershed, 1995-1996
    • collection of stories, Big Picture, 1996-1997
    • novel, The Body of Marin Aguilera, 1997-1998
    • Book, Glyph, 1999-2000
    • Book, Damned If I Do, 2004-2005
    • novel, A History of the African American People Proposed by Strom Thurmond as Told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid, 2004-2005
    • book, re:f(gesture), 2005-2006
    • book, The Water Cure, 2007-2008
    • Book, Abstracktion und Einfuhlung, 2008-2009
    • book, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, a novel, 2009-2010
    • poems, Swimming Swimmers Swimming, 2011-2012
    • novel, Assumption, 2012-2013
    • novel, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, 2013-2014
    • poems, Trout’s Lie, 2015-2016
    • collection of stories, Half an Inch of Water, 2017-2018
    • novel, So Much Blue, 2017-2018
    • collection of stories, Knowledge, 2018-2019
    • poem, The Book of Training by Col. Hap Thompson of Roanoke, Virginia, 1843, from the library of John C. Calhoun, 2019-2020
    • novel, Telephone, 2020-2021
    • novel, The Trees, 2021-2022
    • USC Distinguished Professor, 2007/02/12
    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 1998/07/01
    • Hurston Wright Legacy Award, 2021-2022
    • Pulitzer Finalist, 2021-2022
    • Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019-2020
    • Distinguished Achievement Award, Western Literature Association, 2018-2019
    • PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, 2018-2019
    • The John Williams Corrington Award, 2017-2018
    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 2016-2017
    • Creative Capital Fellowship, 2016-2017
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 2015-2016
    • USC Presidential Medallion, 2015-2016
    • National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, 2014-2015
    • Prix Littéraire Lucien Barriére, 2011-2012
    • South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, 2011-2012
    • Believer Book Award (I Am Not Sidney Poitier), 2010-2011
    • Huston/Wright Legacy Award 2010, 2010-2011
    • Prmio Vallombrosa Gregor von Rezzori Prize (Italy), 2010-2011
    • The Charles Angoff Award, 2010-2011
    • The Dos PassosPrize in Literature, 2010-2011
    • PEN USA Literary Award, 2006-2007
    • American Academy of Arts and Letters, Literature Award, 2003/04
    • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for “Erasure”, 2002
    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2002
    • Hillsdale Award, The Fellowship of Southern Writers, 2001
    • Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1994
    • New American Writing Award for “Zulus”, 1990
  • Administrative Appointments

    • Director, Ph.D. Program in Literature and Creative Writing, 2009-2010
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • Fiction Editor, CALLALOO”, 1994