Marc Anthony Richardson is an artist and novelist from Philadelphia who specializes in dense, visceral prose that circles on itself and leaps from present to past, using language that is, at times, phantasmagoric. Year of the Rat, his debut novel, won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and an American Book Award. Richardson was also the recipient of a PEN America grant, a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright fellowship, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. Messiahs, his second novel, is due for release in fall 2021. The book takes place in Kafkaesque America, where one can assume a relative’s capital sentence for holy reform—the proxy initiative, patterned after the Passion. Richardson’s work has appeared in Conjunctions, Callaloo, Western Humanities Review, and the anthology Who Will Speak for America? from Temple University Press. He received his MFA from Mills College and taught at Rutgers University. He is a 2021 Creative Capital Awardee and will be a writer-in-residence at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.