Clifford Thompson's most recent books are Big Man and the Little Men and What it Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues, which was selected by TIME Magazine as "one of the most anticipated books" of 2019.
Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013 for Love for Sale and Other Essays, published by Autumn House Press, which has also published his memoir, Twin of Blackness (2015). His most recent books are Big Man and the Little Men and What it Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues. His essays on books, film, jazz, and American identity have appeared in publications including The Village Voice, The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, Commonweal, Film Quarterly, Cineaste, Oxford American, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Black Issues Book Review. He is the author of a novel, Signifying Nothing. For over a dozen years he served as the editor of Current Biography, and he has held adjunct/visiting professorships at Columbia University, New York University, Queens College, and Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Brooklyn.