“Graham-Felsen weaves a supple portrait of race and class in America... The book is sweet, funny, and filled with delirious language… ‘Green’ is the real thing: it brings a lost world close again.” — The New Yorker
A coming-of-age novel about race, privilege, and the struggle to rise in America, written by a former Obama campaign staffer and propelled by an exuberant, unforgettable narrator.
Winner of the American Library Assocation’s Alex Award
A New York Times Editors’ Pick
One of The New Yorker’s “Books We Loved in 2018”
An Indie Next Selection
An Amazon Best of the Month Pick
I was the chief blogger on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and I’ve lectured about digital media and politics in dozens of countries around the world. My nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Nation, and elsewhere.
Nowadays, I focus mostly on writing and teaching fiction. I am an adjunct professor of creative writing at Columbia, and I also teach courses at Catapult in New York City.
I am also the co-host of Hey, Man, a new weekly advice podcast for men, which the Onion AV Club calls “[g]raceful, captivating… infused with a dogged optimism regarding the benefits of conversation to improve lives.” Subscribe here.
Finally, I love visiting schools and talking to students about my novel, Green, and my journey from working for Obama to writing fiction. For a taste of the topics I like to discuss in educational settings, check out my interview with the Book Love Foundation. If you’re interested in having me come to your school, get in touch.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.