2020 Gold Rush Writers Conference

Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is an American novelist and writer from Oakland, California who lives in the Sierra foothills. Born and raised in Oakland, Orange is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations of Oklahoma. He is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he now teaches writing, and a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow.

His first book, There There, was one of the finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. There There also received nominations for various other recognitions, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Audie Award for Multi-voiced Performance, and two from Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Fiction and Best Debut Goodreads. Orange received the John Leonard Prize in 2018, awarded for an authorís first book in any genre. In 2019, he received the PEN/Hemingway Award, which is dedicated to first-time authors of full-length fiction books.

He is currently working on a sequel to his first novel.

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