Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal in Nonfiction, and finalist for the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the New York Times. Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeneys, New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, The Best American Series, Ebony, Travel and Leisure, Paris Review, Guernica and more.
News & Features
Introducing Fondren's Sustainability Plan - Available Now
Fondren Library has joined the movement to become a more sustainable organization!
Fondren announces new Reginald Moore Travel Grant for Research in Activism and Social Justice
On June 19, 2020, the School of Humanities and Fondren Library at Rice University were pleased to announce the creation of three new funding opportunities.
Looking for Participants in User Experience / Usability Testing
The Fondren Library User Experience team is looking for participants for short (15-20 minute) usability sessions conducted this summer via Zoom. These sessions typically involve following prompts on our website or other library platforms while sharing your screen.