Ran Walker

Fiction Writer

Hampton University Department of English and Foreign Languages 100 E. Queen Street
Hampton, VA 23668

Author's Bio

Ran Walker is the author of 30 books. His short stories, flash fiction, microfiction, and poetry have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals. Prior to becoming a writer and educator, he worked in magazine publishing and practiced law in Mississippi.

He is the winner of the Indie Author Project's 2019 National Indie Author of the Year Award (selected by judges from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, IngramSpark, St. Martin's Press, and Writer's Digest), the 2019 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best Fiction Ebook Award, and the 2018 Virginia Indie Author Project Award for Adult Fiction. He is also the recipient of both a 2005 Mississippi Arts Commission/NEA artist grant and a 2006 artist mini-grant.  He served as an Artist-in-Residence with the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2006.  Additionally, he is a past participant in the Hurston-Wright Writers Week Workshop and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Callaloo Writers Workshop.

His novel Mojo's Guitar was translated by renowned French translator Philippe Loubat-Delranc and published in April 2015 by Éditions Autrement as Il était une fois Morris Jones. The novel was recently republished in May of 2019 as a part of Éditions Autrement's "Les Grands Romans" collection. 

His first collection of poetry, Most of My Heroes Don't Appear On No Stamps: Kwansabas, was published in August of 2019 by The University of Hell Press, based out of Portland, Oregon.

As of 2020, Ran has been working primarily on microfiction, stories of less than 300 words, preferring to write stories between 50 and 150 words.

Ran is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA in English), Pace University (MS in Publishing), and George Washington University Law School (JD). He also has a Certificate in Publishing from New York University and has done graduate work in English at Mississippi State University.

Ran is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hampton University and lives in Virginia with his wife and much better half, Lauren, and his amazing daughter, Zoë.

Publications & Prizes

Zane's Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4 (Atria, 2013)
Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep (Red Claw Press, 2012)
Lyrotica: An Anthology of Erotic Poetry and Prose (Vagabondage Press, 2011)
Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS (Third World Press, 2010)
Succulent: Chocolate Flava II (Atria, 2009)
Whispers in the Night: Dark Dreams III (Kensington, 2007)
Prizes won: 

Blind Corner Afrofuturism Microfiction Award (2021)

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best Fiction E-book (2019)

National Indie Author of the Year/Indie Author Project (2019)

Virginia Indie Author Project for Adult Fiction (2018)

Callaloo Fellowship (2010)

Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship (2005)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Toni Morrison, César Aira, Roald Dahl, Colin Channer, Lydia Davis, Ana María Shua, Terrance Hayes, Victor LaValle

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West Point, MS
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Last update: May 30, 2023