Kiese Laymon

Associate Professor of English

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College in 1998. He earned an MFA from Indiana University in 2003 and is the author of the forthcoming novel, "Long Division" (Agate Bolden) in March 2013 and a collection of autobiographical essays called "How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America" (Agate Bolden) in April 2013. Laymon has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Gawker,,, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, the journal, “Politics and Culture” and Mythium. He is a contributing editor at Gawker and frequently blogs at Laymon is currently an Associate Professor of English and co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar College.