KEENAN NORRIS'S NOVEL BROTHER AND THE DANCER IS THE WINNER OF THE 2012 JAMES D. HOUSTON AWARD. HE'S COMPLETING HIS NEXT BOOK, ABOUT RICHARD WRIGHT, PRESIDENT OBAMA, 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 English, African-American Literature and facilitates a study abroad program at Evergreen Valley College. He's served as a guest editor for the Oxford African-American Studies Center and is a Faculty Advisor with Goddard College.

Keenan’s short work, both fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous forums, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, 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. He is the editor of the groundbreaking Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape. Forthcoming work will be published in Oakland Noir, due out in April 2017.

"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