Ravi Howard

Assistant Professor
WMS 437A
Creative writing, fiction, creative non-fiction, African-American narratives

RAVI HOWARD, Assistant Professor, MFA University of Virginia, specializes in fiction and creative non-fiction. He is the author of Driving the King (2015) and Like Trees, Walking (2008), which received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His work also has appeared in Salon, Massachusetts Review, and The New York Times, and he has recorded commentary for National Public Radio's All Thing Considered. Howard is a former Fiction Lecturer at Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a former Creative Writing Professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and he has produced numerous shows for HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, NFL Network, and NASCAR. He received a 2004 Sports Emmy for his work on HBO's Inside the NFL.


  • Driving the King (HarperCollins 2015)
  • Like Trees, Walking (HarperCollins 2008)

Short Stories

  • "Turkey Shoot," Salon (2014)
  • "Ways of the World," Massachusetts Review (2003)


  • "And Mourning Jubilee," The New York Times (2010)
  • "A Return Home Leads to Questions on Race," NPR, All Things Considered (2007)


  • Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (2008)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (2008?)
  • Hurst-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, finalist (????)
  • Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, finalist (????)
  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2009)
  • Sports Emmy (2004)
  • Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award (2001)

Publications By This Author