Award winning writer and professor Randall Kenan has died at the age of 57. Kenan explored Black gay life in the South with story collections (Let the Dead Bury Their Dead) and a novel (A Visitation of Spirits) and also edited a collection of James Baldwin non-fiction (The Cross of Redemption). His most recent collection of stories (If I Had Two Wings) was published in August.
Kenan’s recent essay “Letter From North Carolina: Learning From Ghosts of the Civil War” was published this summer. He spoke about James Baldwin in 2010 with the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer.