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Degrees and Institutions
Ph.D., Modern Thought & Literature,
Stanford University, 1991
M.A., English & Creative Writing, Boston University, 1980
A.B., Comparative Literature, Princeton University, magna cum laude, 1978
Area: Creative Writing, Poetry, Fiction
Research Interests: Creative nonfiction; modern American literature; history of science; history of ideas; posthumanism; animal studies; and fabulism
Techniques of Poetry
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Graduate Poetry Workshop
Contemporary Poetry Seminar
Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals that Go Unseen Among Us . Bellevue Literary Press, 2014.
“This environmental fable—as if Where the Wild Things Are had been written by Rachel Carson—is a lyrical field guide . . . as well as a commentary on extinction and being alive.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
"The Book of Telling:Tracing the
Secrets of My Father's Lives," Random House/Schocken Books, 2005.
Praised by best selling authors Alan Lightman, Diane Middlebrook, and
Edmund White as "...a gripping personal memoir ... at once her
own story and the tale of a nation."
"The Artificial Paradise: Science Fiction and American Reality," in the series "Studies in Literature and Science," University of Michigan Press, 1995.
"During Ceasefire," poetry, Harper & Row, 1985.
Additional publications in The New York Times, Kenyon Review,The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Parnassus, Harvard Magazine, and numerous journals.
College English Association of Ohio Nancy Dasher Book Award: The Book of Telling
The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
The Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University
Two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in poetry and in nonfiction.