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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead headlines OSU-Tulsa’s Writers on Greenwood

Published: Monday, November 7, 2022

EDIT: This event has been rescheduled for Dec. 7, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa auditorium. Tickets are still available for $31 and all tickets purchased for the previous date will be honored.

This story was originally posted on Sept. 29 and updated on Nov. 7, 2022.

Widely celebrated American novelist Colson Whitehead is set to perform a reading and book signing at the sixth annual Writers on Greenwood event at OSU-Tulsa Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2022.

Whitehead will be reading from his latest work, “Harlem Shuffle,” followed by a discussion of how his genre-spanning work challenges the perceptions of history and truth in America, including notions about race, class and gender. 

“We at OSU are thrilled to welcome Colson Whitehead for this year’s Writers on Greenwood event,” said Lindsey Smith, director of the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa. “Mr. Whitehead is one of the most accomplished writers and educators of our time, and his visit will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn more about his approach to writing and his treatment of fascinating subjects from American history and culture.”

Whitehead is the author of eight novels including “The Intuitionist,” “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys.” “The Underground Railroad” was awarded National Book Award for Fiction in 2016, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017, and has been adapted into a TV miniseries on Amazon Prime Video with the same name, which released in 2021. Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction again in 2020 for “The Nickel Boys.”

Tickets for the event can be found online for a price of $31.

The Writers on Greenwood series, hosted annually by the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, adds to the cultural life of Tulsa in service to the outreach mission of OSU, engaging voices from the community and striving for greater inclusivity in the literary arts. The series celebrates BIPOC writers in Tulsa’s Greenwood district, historically known as Black Wall Street.

The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa promotes the crafts of writing and filmmaking in Tulsa. It cultivates a thriving, diverse film and literary arts community in the city and seeks to enrich Oklahoma through the power of literature and cinema. To discover more programs and events from the center, visit or follow the center on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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