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Julian Randall

About the Author

Julian Randall is a contributor to the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Boy Joy and his middle-grade novel, Pilar Ramirez and the Escape From Zafa, was published by Holt in 2022. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Tin House, and Milkweed Editions. He is the winner of the 2019 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle, the 2019 Frederick Bock Prize, and a Pushcart prize. His poetry has been published in The New York Times MagazinePloughshares, and POETRY. His first book, Refuse, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He lives in Chicago.

By the Author


May 2024

  • The Dead Don't Need Reminding Book Launch and Celebration with Julian Randall

    Join us for a celebration with author Julian Randall for his new book, The Dead Don’t Need Reminding: In Search of Fugitives, Mississippi, and Black TV Nerd Shit, at Haymarket House with host Gabriel Ramirez and readings from George Abraham and Itiola Jones.

    Chicago, IL

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  • Square Bookstore

    Oxford, Mississippi

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  • Lemuria Books

    In conversation with Dr. Nadia Alexis

    Jackson, MS

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  • Charis Books

    In-person and virtual options

    Atlanta, GA

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  • Kindred Bookstore

    Houston, TX

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  • Town Hall Seattle

    Julian Randall with Ally Ang

    Seattle, WA

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  • Greenlight Bookstore


    Brooklyn, NY

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  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers


    Minneapolis, MN

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June 2024

  • Red Emma's

    Baltimore, MD

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  • Harriet's Bookshop


    Philadelphia, PA

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