American novelist, essayist, and short story writer whose works include Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Local Souls.
He trained as a painter at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as a message decoder with the U.S. Navy during Vietnam.
He received both the Ingram Merrill Award and a 2006 Guggenheim fellowship.
He was born in North Carolina to a teacher and a businessman.
His novel Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All was made into a television play starring Cicely Tyson.