John Wray


Date and place of birth: 1971, Washington, D.C., USA

Living place: New York, USA

Theme: literature

ECC Participation: artist

photo: private archive

A writer and journalist. His three published novels, “The Right Hand of Sleep”, “Canaan's Tongue” and “Lowboy”, have earned him numerous awards and distinctions, including a Whiting Award, a KEN fiction award, and the 2010 Mary Ellen Van der Heyden Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. He has been publishing a novel via twitter for two years. Its main character, Citizen, appears in each of the tweets.

"The Citizen storyline is almost like a video game. If you pause the game you can go away indefinitely and then you come back to a certain situation, a certain set of conditions that apply and you just kind of reactivate your avatar and keep moving."

“Lowboy” was published in Poland (Jazda) by Nasza Księgarnia Publishing House. In 2007, Granta magazine included him on its list of best American novelists under the age of 35. In addition to writing fiction, Wray is a regular contributor to Esquire, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

During the European Culture Congress John Wray will conduct twitter workshops as part of the Reading Lab project.

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