Distinguished Writer in Residence
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Literature, Written Arts
Biography:B.A., Radcliffe College. Author of 12 novels, including A Changed Man (HarperCollins, 2005) and Blue Angel (HarperCollins, 2000; finalist for National Book Award). Nonfiction works include Reading Like a Writer (HarperCollins, 2006); Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives, 2005); The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired (HarperCollins, 2002; a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). Contributing editor, Harper's; essays, reviews, and criticism in New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Parkett, other publications. President, PEN America (2007– ); former Director's Fellow, Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library. Recipient, 2008 Edith Wharton Achievement Award for Literature; many other grants and awards, including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. At Bard since 2005.