|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Notable awards||Whiting Award|
Some of Pickney's first professional works were theatre texts, plays developed in collaboration with director Robert Wilson. These included the produced works of The Forest (1988) and Orlando (1989). He returned to theatre with Time Rocker (1995).
His first novel was High Cotton (1992), a semi-autobiographical novel about "growing up black and bourgeois" in 1960s America. His second novel was Black Deutschland (2016), about a young gay black man in Berlin in the late 1980s, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, Granta, Slate, and The Nation. He frequently explores issues of racial and sexual identities, as expressed in literature.
In the 21st century, Pinckney has published two collections of essays on African-American literature. He has expressed his admiration for the writing of the long-running American CBS soap opera, As the World Turns.
- 1986, Whiting Award
- 1992, High Cotton won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
- 1994, the Vursell Award for Distinguished Prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- High Cotton (novel; 1992)
- Sold and Gone: African American Literature and U.S. Society (2001)
- Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature (2002)
- Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy (2014)
- Black Deutschland (2016)
- Busted in New York and Other Essays (2019)
- "England, Whose England?". Granta (16: Science). Summer 1985. (Subscription Required)
- "Lonely Hearts Club". Harper's. February 2010.
- "The Ethics of Admiration: Arendt, McCarthy, Hardwick, Sontag". The Threepenny Review. 135. Fall 2013.
- "Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma". The New York Review of Books. 19 February 2015.
- "Darryl Pinckney", JRank
- "Interview with Darryl Pinckney", On the Media, 19 March 2010
- "Darryl Pinckney | WHITING AWARDS". Whiting.org. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Gail Lumet Buckley, "TIMES BOOK PRIZES 1992 : ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD for First Fiction : On 'High Cotton'", Los Angeles Times, 8 November 1992.
- Darryl Pinckney page at United Artists.
- David Jenkins (18 November 2007). "James Fenton: 21st century renaissance man". Telegraph. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Darryl Pinckney, "Lonely Hearts Club", Harper's Magazine, 8 February 2010.
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