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English educator

Reginald McKnight, American English educator. Recipient National Education Association award, 1991, Pushcart prize, 1995, Whiting Writers award, 1998, Addison M. Metcalf award American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1999. Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American.


McKnight, Reginald was born on February 26, 1956 in F├╝rstenFeldbr├╝ck, Germany. Son of Frank and Pearl McKnight.


Associate of Arts in Anthropology, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1978. Bachelor in African Studies, Colorado College, 1981. Doctorate, Colorado College, 1991.

Master of Arts in English, University Denver, 1987.


Reginald McKnight is an American short story author and novelist. He earned degrees from Pikes Peak Community College (AA), Colorado College (BA) and University of Denver (MA). He is also Phi Beta Kappa and received an honorary doctorate from Colorado College.

He also taught at the University of Pittsburgh, but left when he learned that other faculty told racist jokes about blacks when he wasn't in their presence. As of 2002, he is the Hamilton Holmes Professor of English at the University of Georgia in Athens. He was also the first person to hold that position.

McKnight has had two extended stays in Africa, teaching English in Dakar, Senegal from 1981 to 1982, and another in 1985 as part of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. He says that "he didn't truly consider himself a writer until he went to Africa", partly because that he was writing intensely for several hours a day while he was there, and also because, as he states, "when I left that place I had done something to myself in a really profound way--imprinted myself with the written word in ways that I hadn't prior to that".


  • O. Henry Award1988 Drue Heinz Literature Prize1995 Whiting Award.



Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American.


  • Other Interests

    Music, writing, performing, meditation.


Married Julie Scott, November 29, 1999. Children: Rachael, Moriah, Eve.

Frank McKnight

Pearl McKnight

Julie Scott

Rachael McKnight

Moriah McKnight

Eve McKnight