Paul Beatty is a contemporary American author. Beatty received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University. He is a 1980 graduate of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 2016, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout. It was the first time a writer from the United States was honoured with the Man Booker. His other novels are The White Boy Shuffle, Tuff and Slumberland. Beatty has edited an anthology of African-American humor called Hokum and has two volumes of poetry: Big Bank Takes Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. The former was the result of a book deal he won for being crowned the first ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Café.