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William J. Kennedy

William J. Kennedy – (Advisory Board Member) Novelist, Nonfiction Writer.

William Kennedy is an advisory board member, novelist, and nonfiction writer. William Kennedy has written eight novels in what he calls the Albany Cycle, chronicling two centuries of life, love, and politics in Albany, NY: Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), Ironweed (1983), which won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a film by Hector Babenco; Quinn's Book (1988), Very Old Bones (1992), The Flaming Corsage (1996), Roscoe (2001), and a new novel, to be published in October, Chango's Necklace and Two-Tone Shoes, exploring the Cuban revolution and the civil rights movement. He has written a history of his city, O Albany! (1983), essays collected as Riding the Yellow Trolley Car (1993), a play, Grand View (1996), two screenplays, The Cotton Club with Francis Coppola (1984), and Ironweed (1987). Kennedy taught writing from 1974 to 1983 at the University at Albany and Cornell University. In 1983, he won a MacArthur Fellowship and gave part of his award to the University at Albany to create the New York State Writers Institute, which for 27 years has conducted a broad range of year-round events involving writers and filmmakers. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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