University of Wisconsin-Madison
Writer (fiction writer); Educator
Humanities and Arts
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, Vanderbilt University. Known for humorous and poignant short stories. Her novels and story collections have received international acclaim. Known for her moral intelligence, her mastery of tone, her skeptical understanding of our popular culture. Birds of America (1998) looks at tragic situations with a wryly comic eye, as do her novel A Gate at the Stairs (2009) and her latest collection Bark (2014). In addition she is an anthologist, essayist, and reviewer.