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2014 DTA Medal
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Distinguished Teacher 2014–15
Ellery Washington holds a D.E.A., an M.A. equivalent, in Comparative Literature from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has taught at Pratt Institute since 2007 and is currently an associate professor of Creative Writing on the Brooklyn campus.
He is the author of Buffalo, a novel forthcoming from Creston Books and a recipient of the PEN Center West Rosenthal Fellowship for Fiction and an International Black Writers Association Prize for Short Fiction. His writing has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and literary anthologies, including The New York Times, Ploughshares, Out Magazine, The International Review, The Frankfurter Allgemeine, Berkeley Fiction Review, Nouvelle Frontières, and the best-selling collection of essays State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.
As a screenwriter and script consultant, his credits include projects with Paramount Pictures, TriStar, Fox Searchlight, and a wide variety of independent directors and producers.
Having spent many years living abroad, primarily in France and Germany, he was a key force in developing the Pratt Summer in Paris program, so that his students might experience similar possibilities.