That mansion is Cantor Arts Center, decked out with all the trimmings: marble staircases, near-deserted wings crammed full of antique artifacts, the occasional catered dinner party and, of course, some pretty nice art stuck up on the walls.
Adam Johnson, associate professor of english, has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel “The Orphan Master’s Son,” a story set in North Korea under Kim Jong-Il. The Pulitzer Prizes, which were announced Monday morning, are awarded annually to the best in American arts and journalism.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanford’s Creative Writing Program and the 67th anniversary of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the second-oldest fellowship of its kind in the country.
The Stanford Storytelling project produces a radio show on KZSU, sponsors courses focused on the art of storytelling, hosts events and provides grants for undergraduate students to create oral storytelling projects.
Named “one of the nation’s most influential and imaginative college professors” by Playboy, Johnson is an associate professor of English with an emphasis in creative writing. He is also a Whiting Writers’ Award recipient. His fiction has appeared in publications including Harper’s, The Paris Review and “Best American Short Stories” and Random House published his most recent novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” in January of this year.
Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. From an early age, he cultivated a probing sensibility to understanding the world around him. In his early childhood, Johnson’s favorite place was the Phoenix Zoo. His father, a zoo night watchman, would take his son out on evening excursions to see the animals. It was from these excursions that Johnson developed a growing awareness of the depth and multi-layered nature of stories.
Do: Appreciate the past.
Doo-Doo: Live in the past.