Bard Faculty

Mona Simpson

Writer in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Written Arts


B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.F.A., Columbia University. Mona SImpson is the author of six novels and a former senior editor at the Paris Review. During graduate school, she published her first short stories in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, and Mademoiselle. Her first novel, Anywhere But Here (1986), was made into a film starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman. Her other books include The Lost Father (1992), A Regular Guy (1997), Off Keck Road (2000), My Hollywood (2010), and Casebook (2014). She is the recipient of a Whiting Prize (1986), Guggenheim (1988), National Endowment for the Arts grant, Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University (1987), Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Prize (1995), and Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize (2001). Simpson is also a PEN/Faulkner finalist and received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008. At Bard: 1988–2001, 2005– ).