James Alan McPherson (b.
1943) is a United States novelist and short story writer and a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973. He is also a winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for his short story collection, Elbow Room. His work has appeared in twenty-seven journals and magazines, seven short-story anthologies, and The Best American Essays. In 1995, McPherson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been educated at Morris Brown College, Harvard Law School, The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, and the Yale Law School. He has taught English at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Harvard, and also lectured in Japan at Meiji University and Chiba University. He is now a professor of English at University of Iowa