KEENAN NORRIS'S NOVEL BROTHER AND THE DANCER WON THE 2012 JAMES D. HOUSTON AWARD. HIS NEXT BOOK, BY THE LEMON TREE, WILL BE PUBLISHED SEPT. 22 2018. HE'S ALSO COMPLETING A BOOK ABOUT RICHARD WRIGHT AND THE PROBLEM WITH "CHI-RAQ".

He holds an M.F.A. from Mills College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. Keenan is a 2017 Marin Headlands Artist-in-Residence and a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow. He teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at San Jose State University and serves as a guest editor for the Oxford African-American Studies.

Keenan is the editor of the groundbreaking Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape. Keenan’s short work, both fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous forums, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Oakland Noir, Literature for Life, popmatters.com, Post-Soul Satire, Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire, Abernathy: A Magazine for Black Men, and BOOM: A Journal of California.

"KEENAN NORRIS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED YOUNG WRITERS AROUND. BROTHER AND THE DANCER IS HIS BRILLIANTLY REALIZED DEBUT."

—VICTOR LAVALLE, AUTHOR OF THE DEVIL IN SILVER