My first novel, The Testament of Yves Gundron (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000), was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Month, and received the Bard Fiction Prize. Brookland (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006) was also named a New York Times Notable Book, one of the twenty-five best 2006 works of fiction and poetry by the Los Angeles Times, and a 2007 selection of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, the oldest book club in the country. My fiction, criticism, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Story magazine, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Observer, Poetry magazine, Nextbook, and the Threepenny Review. In 2006, I had the good fortune to receive both a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; in 2011, I received a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard/Radcliffe, and later earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I live in Kingston, NY, with my husband, writer/editor/web guy Thomas Israel Hopkins, and our sons. For five years, I served as Lecturer in English at Yale, where I taught fiction writing to diverse and talented undergraduates, and I also recently served for two years as the Elizabeth Drew Professor at Smith College. Right now, I’m honored to be teaching a workshop in Columbia’s MFA program, and I’ve also taught at NYU, Princeton, Bard, and Lang.
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