is the author of five novels: Daughters
; Praisesong for the Widow
; The Chosen Place
, The Timeless People
; Brown Girl
;and most recently The Fisher King.
She has also published two collections of short fiction, Soul Clap Hands and Sing
; and Reena and Other Stories
, and her short stories have been published in numerous anthologies, including The Brooklyn Reader
; Literature: A Contemporary Introduction
; and Calling the Wind: A 20th Century Anthology of African-American Short Stories
. A MacArthur Fellow and past winner of the Dos Passos Prize for Literature, Professor Marshall has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of California at Berkeley, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and Yale University. She was designated a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library in 1994. Professor Marshall holds the Helen Gould Sheppard Chair of Literature and Culture at NYU.