Bard Faculty

Mary Caponegro

Richard B. Fisher Family Professor in Literature and Writing

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Italian Studies, Literature, Written Arts


Mary Caponegro is the Richard B. Fisher Family Professor in Literature and Writing at Bard, and has been on the faculty since 2002. After graduating from Bard College in 1978, she went on to receive her master’s degree in creative writing from Brown University. Author Jonathan Safran Foer has called Caponegro “one of the most imaginative, daring, serious, and playful writers alive.” She is the author of the short story collections The Star Café, Five Doubts, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down, as well as selected works in translation. An international collection of essays on her work, The Exquisite Interruption: Essays, Notes, and Fragments on the Lyrical Prose of Mary Caponegro (La squisita interruzione: saggi, note e appunti sulla prosa lirica di Mary Caponegro), was published in 2018 by Campanotto Editore. Professor Caponegro is a contributor to The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Tin House, Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill, Epoch, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, Sulfur, Gargoyle, and Iowa Review, and a contributing editor for Conjunctions. She has received the Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers, Bruno Arcudi Award, Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, Teacher of the Year Award from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Undergraduate Teaching Award from Syracuse University, a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and a Yaddo residency.

BA, Bard College; MA, Brown University. At Bard since 2002.


Phone: 845-758-7891
Location: Shafer House
Office: 303