Randall Kenan, Southern Writer of Magical Realism, Dies at 57 – Reports

Randall Kenan, Southern Writer of Magical Realism, Dies at 57

Randall Kenan, an award-winning gay Black writer whose fiction, set largely in a North Carolina hamlet similar to the one where he grew up, artfully blended myth, magic, mysticism and realism, died at his home in Hillsborough, N.C. He was 57.

His cousin Nakia Brown confirmed his death but did not know the cause. His body was found on Aug. 28. Five years ago, he learned he had had a mini-stroke and was starting to develop heart problems.

In his novel, “A Visitation of Spirits” (1989), and…

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