Barry Beckham is a distinguished prose writer and founder of the Beckham Publications Group, Inc. He was director of the graduate writing program at Brown University where he taught for 17 years. His shorter prose has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Book Review, Black Enterprise, The Washington Post, and other periodicals. His novel, Runner Mack was nominated for the 1972 National Book Award. Beckham serves on the board of the Authors Guild Foundation.