Bard Faculty

Rivka Galchen

Visiting Associate Professor of Written Arts

Primary Academic Program: Written Arts


B.A., Princeton University; M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine; M.F.A., Columbia University. Rika Galchen is the prize-winning author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2008; the short story collection American Innovations; and Little Labors, a collection of essays on mothering and literature. She has contributed fiction, reportage, and criticism to the New Yorker, London Review of Books, Harper’s, and New York Times Magazine; and she is a regular columnist for the New York Times Book Review. Her nonfiction works have included profiles of writer Yoko Tawada and dancer Misty Copeland; a review of the work of Haruki Murakami; memoir pieces on children’s literature and “medical meals”; reporting on bariatric surgery and man-made earthquakes; and mini-essays for the New York Times feature BookEnds on Hannah Arendt’s legacy, William S. Burroughs, money in literature, and The Giving Tree, among other subjects. Galchen is the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars Residency, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, William Saroyan International Prize in Fiction, and Berlin Prize. She previously taught at Columbia University, New York University, and the Center for Fiction. At Bard since 2017.