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Carol Ascher Previous memoir: Afterimages (2008). Previous novel: A Call from Spooner Street (2015). Currently curating an exhibit on some 30 Russian Jewish Families who settled in my New England area around 1907 and writing regular short pieces for several newspapers/ periodicals.
Patricia Auspos Marriage and career in the lives of five late-19th/early-20th-century women
Deirdre Bair Previous biographies: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, C. G. Jung, Saul Steinberg: A Biography (2012). Al Capone: His Life and His Legacy (2016).   Currently, memoir of Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir
Evelyn Barish The Double Life of Paul De Man (2014).
Louise Bernikow Votes for Women NY: The Campaign for the City
Sallie Bingham “Doris Duke, The Invention of the New Woman,” a serious literary biography of Doris Duke, 20th-century American heiress and philanthropist, following the development of her theory of philanthropy and placing her relationships and various “scandals” in their proper perspective.  2.A memoir called “Little Brother.” 
Annette Blaugrund Previous works: Dispensing Beauty in New York and Beyond: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Harriet Hubbard Ayer (2011) and Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect (The Monicelli Press,  2016). Currently:  Working on treatment and perhaps a film script for my biography about Harriet Hubbard Ayer and planning an exhibition and book about the great landscape artist and flower painter Martin Johnson Heade (2020).   
Rachel Brownstein eighteenth-century satiric prints and the novel
Elizabeth Brunazzi Spring in Osage Country: Collection of linked autobiographical stories set in the American South.
Betty Boyd Caroli Previous biographies: The Roosevelt Women: A Portrait in Five Generations and First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama (fourth edition, 2010). Most recent: Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President (2015).
Mary Ann Caws Surrealist Artists and Writers (Endless Houses)
Kathy Chamberlain Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Friendship, and Marriage.
Norah Chase Elba Chase Nelson, head of the Communist Party of New Hampshire, 1934-1961
Bell Gale Chevigny Previous biography: The Woman and the Myth: Margaret Fuller’s Life and Writings. Currently: memoir of important friendships with women
Ava Chin Family memoir set in turn-of-the-century New York’s Chinatown
Laura Claridge Previous biographies: Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence (1999); Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners (2008). Currently: publisher Blanche Knopf.
Heather Clark A biography of the American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath
Barbara Flug Colin Memoir
Blanche Wiesen Cook Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume III (2016)
Kate Culkin Previous biography: Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography (2010). Currently: joint biography Ellen Tucker Emerson and Edith Forbes Emerson, daughters of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lynda G. Dodd Alice Paul and other suffragists
Hester Eisenstein Possible memoir/essay(s) on experiences with feminism since 1975
Barbara Fisher Biography of Lionel Trilling, Columbia professor and cultural critic
Jennifer Fleischner (on leave) Previous biography: Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave. Currently: Elizabeth Heyrick, British abolitionist
Ruth Franklin Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (2016)
Johanna Garfield Continuing work on Willard Roosevelt and his family; he was a grandson of Teddy and a longtime neighbor of the author’s family in Massachusetts
Allison Gilbert Elsie Robinson, nationally syndicated columnist, writer, and poet
Sherry Gorelick “On the Road to Peace,” a collective biography of North-American Jewish Feminists and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Linda M. Grasso 1. My book tentatively titled, Equal Under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism.                            2. Will now work on O’Keeffe’s fan mail.    3.An essay comparing the current major O’Keeffe retrospective exhibition with her 1946 retrospective exhibition.  4.Collaboration with a film historian colleague on an essay about documentary filmmaker Perry Miller Adato’s 1977 documentary about O’Keeffe.
Kathryn Hearst Barbara Kopple, Contemporary Documentary Filmmaker.  California Builders: Phoebe Hearst and Jane Stanford
Grace Hechinger Alva Vanderbilt, socialite and suffragist; also a memoir
Dorothy O. Helly Flora Shaw and Her ‘Times’: Making the Empire British (late-19th/early-20th-century novelist, journalist for The Times, imperialist)
Barbara Horn Farmed Out: Women in the Heartland, literary images of farm women
Gail Hornstein Previous biographies: To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (2000) and Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness (2009). Currently: Our Minds and Each Other
Polly Howells Family memoir about my relationships with my three great aunts and their illustrious fathers.
Sheila Isenberg Previous biographies: My Life as a Radical Lawyer, coauthored with William M. Kunstler (1994); A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry (2001); Muriel’s War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance (2010).
Diane Jacobs Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters (2014). Currently: American novelist Edith Wharton’s Paris years 1907 – 1920.
Ellen Jacobs (on leave) Barbara Wootton, Labour’s economist, social advocate and European federalist; a revision of an earlier version women social scientists and social welfare policy in Britain.
Marjorie G. Jones Frances Yates and the Hermantic Tradition (2008); The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott (2015). Currently: A Frances Yates Mystery. (Subject of 1st bio). 
Carla Kaplan Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (2013), a group biography of the 1920s.
Nancy Kline Previous biography: Elizabeth Blackwell: A Doctor’s Triumph. Currently: “Parloir,” a long narrative essay which recounts two weeks I spent interviewing imprisoned mothers in the Central Prison of a Francophone country in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This essay will complete a collection of creative nonfictions entitled Other Geographies
Jane Lancaster Previous biography: Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth, A Life Beyond Cheaper By the Dozen. Currently: Mary Philipse Morris, American heiress and Loyalist, and her descendants after the American Revolution, and how they interpreted a John Singleton Copley portrait of her – which ended up as a symbolof American diplomatic values although its subjecthad to be denounced as a traitor.   
Patricia Laurence Previous biography: Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism, and China. Currently: literary biography of Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish writer.
Gail Levin Previous biographies: Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (1995; 2nd edition 2007); Becoming Judy Chicago (2007); Lee Krasner: A Biography (2011); editor and lead essayist of Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art (2013), connected to exhibition of her work opening at the James Gallery, Graduate Center, Nov. 12, 2013 and a symposium at Baruch College, Nov. 12, 2013. Currently: Biography of Sajitha Shankhar: Woman artist in India and memoir essays.
Laurie Lisle Previous biographies: Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life. Currently: memoir about becoming a biographer/writer
Sarah Lowe  
Jane Maher Previous biography: Mina P. Shaughnessy: Her Life and Work. Currently: friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune
Emily Arnold McCully Previous biography: Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! (2014). Currently: Sacagawea’s Son, a young adult novel; Cecilia Payne Gaposhkin, Astronomer, a  young adult book; Caroline Herschel, Astronomer’s Assistant, a picture book; Bryon Lovelace, a young adult book.
Michele Mitchell Pauli Murray, lawyer and activist for civil rights and women’s rights
Honor Moore The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir (2008)
Marnie Mueller Mary Mon Toy, Japanese American showgirl, singer, actor
Dona Munker Previous biography: Daughter of Persia: A Woman’s Journey from Her Father’s Harem through the Islamic Revolution. Currently: Sara Bard Field, minister’s wife, suffragist, poet, and “free-lover.” Website: Blog, Stalking the Elephant, is on the art and craft of writing a biography and the writing life.
Jill Norgren Previous biography: Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President (2007); Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers (2013). Currently: Trailblazing Women Lawyers of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, a group biography drawing upon ninety oral history interviews carried out by the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer Division. Co-founder of biographical website, Her Hat Was in the Ring! U.S. Women Who Ran for Political Office Before 1920
Victoria C. Olsen Previous biography: From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography. Currently: Jane Avril, Moulin Rouge dancer and model for Toulouse-Lautrec; a series of personal essays about the literary Canon.
Sreca Perunovic A memoir about my two lives: the first one lived in the former Yugoslavia, and the second my American life
Carla L. Peterson Previous biography: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (2011), including archive. Currently: African-American Modernity in the Antebellum Urban North
Victoria Phillips Center Stage is Wherever I Am: A Diplomatic History of Martha Graham. Eleanor Dulles, a political biography set in Berlin.
Harriet Reisen Previous biography: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2009). Currently: On the Cover of Time: A Memoir in Songs
Stacy Schiff Cleopatra: A Life (2010); The Witches: Salem, 1692 (2015).
Dee Shapiro Grandma Sarah, a Fictional Biography (tentative title), a fictional biography of my grandmother, an ILG worker; curator of exhibition “Tailored,” art related to the materials of tailoring May 2015.
Alix Kates Shulman Previous memoir: To Love What Is: a marriage transformed (2008) and Menage, a novel (2012). Currently: The Visionaries, novel about 1960s radical feminist activists in their old age
Sydney Ladensohn Stern Previous biography:
Gloria Steinem: Her Passions, Politics, and Mystique (1997). Currently: dual biography of Hollywood screenwriters Herman and Joseph Mankiewicz
Nancy Rubin Stuart Previous biographies: The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox and The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation. Currently: Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married (2013), double biography of Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flicker Knox. Currently: historical novel on early 20th century dancer.
Terese Svoboda Anything That Burns You: Lola Ridge, Radical Poet (2016).
Patricia Valenti Previous biography: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809-1847. Sophia Peabody Hawthorne,  A Life, Volume 2, was published in 2015. Currently co-editing mulitvolume selected letters of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne and Doing Time Too: A Mother’s Memoir of Her Son’s Incarceration, as told to me by Rosalind Williams.
Julia Van Haaften Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), American photographer, inventor, writer, teacher (Aperture Masters of Photography Series). Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography (forthcoming, 2017)
Frances Vieta Looter’s Paradise, Italy and Its Plundered Treasures; Historical novel: Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers
Lise Vogel Memoir: provisionally titled “Sidney and Lisa: My Father, His Lover, and Myself”.
Suzanne Wasserman Previous documentary films: Thunder in Guyana, on Janet Jagan; Sweatshop Cinderella, about the Jewish immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska; Meat Hooked!, about butchers. Currently: I am working on my fifth documentary film, Children and their Discontents, about the children of psychoanalysts. It will be semi-memoirist as I am one!
Brenda Wineapple Previous works: White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (2008); Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 (2013). Currently, a book about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Random House.  
Donez Xiques Previous biography: Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer (2005). Currently: environmental project: South Mountain Reservation, New Jersey.
Jean Fagan Yellin Previous biographies: Harriet Jacobs: A Life (2004); The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (2008). Currently: In Contempt: Family Memoir re: McCarthyism.
Michele Zackheim Previous books: Violette’s Embrace, a fictional biography of Violette Leduc; Einstein’s Daughter: The Search for Lieserl, a biography of a missing child and the Einstein family; Broken Colors, a novel. Currently: Three Friends and EM: Fictional Biography of Friendship.    

Annual Lists of Members’ Professional Activities: 2012-2013. 2013-2014. 2014-2015.

Slideshow of Members’ Publications, Created for 25th Anniversary Conference, Oct. 2015: PDF.

Kate Culkin (Web Manager)
April. 2017