Xanadu Prose

Student Prose


Writer of the Month



Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan.


After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music.

His first novel, The Intuitionist, concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award.

John Henry Days followed in 2001, an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

The Colossus of New York is a book of essays about the city. It was published in 2003 and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) is a novel about a "nomenclature consultant" who gets an assignment to name a town, and was a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award.

Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island during the summer of 1985. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Zone One (2011), about post-apocalyptic New York City, was a New York Times Bestseller.

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, a non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker, appeared in 2014.

The Underground Railroad, a novel, was published in the summer of 2016. It won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

The Nickel Boys is a novel inspired by the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida. It won the Pulitzer Prize, the Kirkus Prize, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

His latest novel Harlem Shuffle will published in September 2021.












Brianna White

The girl sat at the front of her class and her eyes never strayed from the board. She loved everything that had to do with biology. To her, it was more than the irritating labs and the annoying scientific equations of biochemistry that everyone else saw. It was beautiful. She loved how all living things were connected, how they all are put together like puzzle pieces to maintain a proper ecosystem. The teacher pulls out a large box and places small equipment on everyone’s desk. She waits excitedly for what is to happen next. Scopula, spatula, forceps, scalpel, fully equipped with a dish. Her smile then loses its life like the dead frog sitting before her. She begins to cry.


Aesthete - Someone who has deep sensitivity for the beauty of art or nature.

Nicoletta Bancheri