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The reintroduction of Margarett Sargent, whose works haven’t been exhibited since 1936, brings back a lost world of wealth and privileged bohemianism. These intriguing paintings conjure a creator in whom independence, self-indulgence intelligence, passion and a restless quest for beauty mingle to both productive and self-destructive effect.  
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    The New School
    School of Writing
    Nonfiction Coordinator for the MFA program
    Teaching a Nonfiction Seminar


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    Columbia School of the Arts
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    Deeper Memory: A generative workshop

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    Curriculum Vitae



    • Bishop’s Daughter (memoir), Finalist National Book Critics Circle Award, Favorite Book Los Angeles Times, Editors Choice, New York Times; WW Norton, May, 2008, paper May 2009

    • The White Blackbird, a Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, A New York Times Notable Book, WW Norton paperback, 2009 (reprint of Viking, 1996)

    • Red Shoes (poems) WW Norton, June 2005, paper January 2007

    • Darling (poems), Grove Atlantic, September, 2001. Finalist James Laughlin Award

    • Memoir (poems), Chicory Blue Press, 1988

    As editor

    • Poems of the Women’s Movement, Library of America (April, 2009); Oprah Summer Reading Choice.

    • The Stray Dog Cabaret, A Book of Russian Poems (2007), translated by Paul Schmidt, co-edited with Catherine Ciepiela and wrote Afterword; Runner-up PEN Translation Award.

    • Amy Lowell, Selected Poems, (selection/ introduction) American Poetry Project: Library of America,  October, 2004

    • The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women, Vintage, 1977.

    As translator

    • Revenge a novel by Taslima Nasrin, translated by Honor Moore, with Taslima Nasrin (Feminist Press, 2010)



    • 2004: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (General Non-Fiction)

    • 1992: Artist’s Grant (Poetry), Connecticut Commission on the Arts 

    • 1981: Creative Writing Fellowship (Poetry), the National Endowment for the Arts

    • 1975: Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) grant (Playwriting) N.Y. State Council on the Arts


    • 2009: Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for The Bishop’s Daughter

    • 2009: Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, The Bishop’s Daughter

    • 2002: Finalist, The James Laughlin Award and the Connecticut Book Award  for Darling

    • 1997: Finalist Lambda Literary Award, The Judy Grahn Award for The White Blackbird


    Publications/Poetry (selected) since 1992


    • 2011: Salmagundi, Common

    • 2010: Ploughshares; Florida Review

    •  2005: Boston Review; Salmagundi

    • 2004: Bomb; Bloom; Lincoln Center Theater Review

    • 2003: Conjunctions

    • 2001: Salmagundi; Open City

    • 2000: Conjunctions, Seneca Review, Paris Review

    • 1999: Paris Review; Kunapipi (UK)

    • 1998: Slate, Seneca Review

    • 1997: Tikkun

    • 1994: American Poetry Review, Caprice

    • 1993: American Voice, Paris Review, B City

    • 1992: Ploughshares, So to Speak, Hellas



    • Poems from the Women’s Movement, (2009, Library of America)

    • Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800-the present, edited by David Lehman (2008, Scribner)

    • Love Speaks Its Name, edited by JD McClatchy (Everyman Editions; Knopf, 2001)

    • KGB Book of Poems, edited by David Lehman (Harcourt, 2000)

    • The World in Us, edited by Michael Lassell and Elena Georgiou (St Martins, New York, 2000)

    • Sappho Through English Poetry, edited by Peter Jay / Caroline Lewis (Anvil Press Poetry, London, 1998)

    • Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age, edited by John Bradley (Coffee House,1995)

    • Unleashed, Poems by Writers’ Dogs, edited by Amy Hempel and Jim Shepard (Crown)

    • The Key to Everything, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg (St. Martin’s Press, 1995)

    • A Formal Feeling Comes: Formalism in Contemporary Women’s Poetry, edited by Annie Finch (Storyline Press, 1994)

    • Tangled Vines,  Mother and Daughter Poems, edited Lyn Lifshin (2nd edition, Harcourt, Brace, 1992) 

    • A Gathering of Poets, edited by Maggie Anderson/Alex Gildzen (The Kent State University Press, 1992)


    Recordings and Films

    • 1984: Take Hands, Singing and Speaking for Survival (with Susan Griffin, Margie Adam, Janet Marlow), “Spuyten Duyvil” cassette recording, Watershed Foundation, broadcast on NPR stations 

    • 1978: A Sign I Was Not Alone (with Rich, Lorde, Joan Larkin), LP, Out and Out Books/Records

    • 1978:”First Time: 1950”, Black Box, Watershed Foundation audio

    • “Girlfriends”, directed by Claudia Weill (Warner Brothers, 1978) protagonist, a poet, recites poem, “I Have A War With My Mother…”


    Publications/Prose since 1996 


    • Other Desert Cities, a play by Jon Robin Baitz, Grove Press, 2011

    • Poems from the Women’s Movement, Library of America, 2010

    • Amy Lowell: Selected Poems, Library of America, 2004

    • Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood, New York Review Books, September 2002 



    • “After Ariel”(essay, introduction Poems from the Women’s Movement), Boston Review, 2009

    • “The Bishop’s Daughter” (excerpt) , The New Yorker, February, 2008

    • “The Bishop’s Daughter” (excerpt). Lincoln Center Theater Review. “South Pacific, 2008-2010

    • Off-Broadway Theatre Reviews, The New York Times, May, 2005 - May, 2007

    • Amy Lowell (essay/introduction), Harvard Review, Fall 2004

    •  “Sister Cordelia,” Lincoln Center Review, Winter, 2004

    • “My Robert Lowell,” (essay), Salmagundi, Fall 2003

    • “Letter from London” (re: Anglican Primates conference on election of Gene V. Robinson Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire), The Nation, October 24, 2004

    • “My Father’s Ship” (journal/essay), The American Scholar, Fall 2003 (1st runner-up for best essay published in the American Scholar in 2003)

    • “Circe Among the Poets” (on Caroline Blackwood), The Guardian (London) 2002

    • Poetry Speaks, ed. Paschen et al.  (review), Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2002

    •  “A Poem of One’s Own,” O: The Oprah Magazine, November 2001 (finalist, National Magazine Awards)

    • “Redeemed by Effort,” Writers on Writing, The New York Times, 10 September 2001

    • The Glass House by Amitov Ghosh, (review), Bookforum, Winter, 2001

    • Jersey Rain by Robert Pinsky, (review), April 2000

    • “The Visit, a memoir of the Living Theatre at Yale,” Theater, Fall/Winter 1998

    • “Mazurka” (lyric essay), Seneca Review, Spring 1998

    • “A Heart Not Mended” (Claire Tomalin’s Jane Austen) The New Leader, February 9, 1998

    • “A House, Too, Can Be a Lifelong Companion”, Home Section, The New York Times, April 18, 1996; Redbook, September 1996; Radcliffe Quarterly, Spring 1998

    • The White Blackbird (excerpt), Radcliffe Quarterly, Summer 1996 (cover)

    • “Grandmother, the Empress,” The New Yorker, March 25, 1996

    • “The Story Next Door,” Lincoln Center Theatre Review, Winter 1996, Radcliffe Quarterly 2000

    • “Arthur Miller’s Place” (profile; cover), Northeast Magazine, The Hartford Courant, December 4, 1994



    • “Reading of O,” Sugar in My Bowl, Real Women Write About Real Sex (Harper Ecco, 2011)

    • “Redeemed by Effort,” Writers on Writing (from the New York Times) Holt 2003

    • “Houseful,” Open House: Writers on Home, edited by Mark Doty, Gray Wolf, 2003

    • “12 Years and Counting: Writing Biography,” Creating NonFiction, edited by Carolyn Forché and Philip Gerard, Story Press, 2001

    • “My Grandmother Who Painted,” The Writer On Her Work: Contemporary Women Writers Reflect on their Art and Situation (vol. I), ed. Janet Sternburg. (W.W. Norton, 1980; reissued: 1993, 2000)



    • Mourning Pictures (in verse); produced by Lyn Austin, Music Theatre Group, Lenox, Mass., July 1974;  Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, November, 1974; Famous Door Theatre, Chicago, 1996; The Monstrous Regiment (tour of Great Britain, Tricycle Theatre, London) 1981; Broadcast on BBC, Radio IV; Excerpts in Once a Daughter, a film by Lyn Littman,  PBS Stations, 1979.


    Teaching since 1996

    • Bedell Visiting Distinguished Writer in Non-fiction Writing, University of Iowa, spring 2012

    • NEH Visiting Distinguished Professor, University of Richmond, fall 2011

    • Faculty, low-residency MFA, Creative Nonfiction, Bennington Workshops, spring 2011

    • Barnard College, visiting adjunct in Creative Nonfiction, fall 2010

    • Bedell Visiting Distinguished Writer in Non-fiction Writing, University of Iowa, spring 2010

    •  New School for General Studies, Graduate Writing Program, permanent part time faculty, 1999 - present

    • Columbia University, School of the Arts Graduate Writing Program: Adjunct Professor in Creative Non-      Fiction, 2001 - 2007

    • New York State Summer Writer’s Institute, Skidmore, poetry/creative non-fiction, 2001 - present

    • Poet in Residence, Instructor “Writing Verse” poetry seminar, Wesleyan University, spring 2000

    • Wesleyan Writers Conference, Poetry, summer 1999 - present

    • Visiting Lecturer in Creative Non-Fiction, The Bennington Workshops, winter 1999

    • Visiting Distinguished Writer in Creative Non-Fiction, University of Iowa, spring 1997


    Other Employment/Service since 1996 

    • Elector, Poets Corner, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2000-2010

    • Judge, PEN-Voelcker Award in Poetry 2002

    • PEN/Gerard Award in Non-Fiction 1997

    • Selection Panel for grant to writers; served anonymously, 1988, 1997, 1999, 2001

    • Judge, National Book Award in Non-Fiction, 1998

    • Co-curator, “Margarett Sargent: A Modern Temperament” (American Artist, 1892-1978), exhibition

    • Davis Museum, Wellesley College, March, 1996: Berry-Hill Galleries, NYC, September, 1996

    • Co-founder and steering committee, Women Writing Women’s Lives, Seminar, The Humanities Center,   NYU; the Graduate Center, CUNY 1992-1996 



    • Civitella (director’s guest) 2010

    • Hedgebrook, 2009, 2010

    • Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, fall 2007

    • Rockefeller Foundation Work and Study Center, Bellagio, November 2005, May 2007

    • MacDowell Colony, January 2004, January 2005, January 2006, January 2009

    • Corporation of Yaddo, May 2003, September 2004, May 2006


    Boards of Directors and
    Professional Affiliations

    • PEN American Center (2000- 2006, treasurer, 2003-2005; executive committee; Advisory Council, 2006-present)

    •  Poets and Writers, Inc. (Board 1974-1993)

    •  Feminist Art Institute (Board of Advisors 1981- 1990)

    •  Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women’s Culture (contributing editor, 1977-80)

    •  Manhattan Theatre Club (1972-1976) 

    •  Biography Seminar, New York Institute for the Humanities and elsewhere, 1989-present

    • Co-founder, Women Writing Women’s Lives” seminar, New York Institute for the Humanities and elsewhere; 1991-present

    • University Seminar on Women and Society, University Seminar, Columbia University, 1973-1990



    • Yale School of Drama, MFA Program, 1967-1969

    • Radcliffe College, Harvard University, BA cum laude, 1967

    • Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1959-63,

    • American Field Service Summer Exchange Student to Lahore, Pakistan, 1962