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Carol Ascher Previous memoir: Afterimages (2008). Previous novel: A Call from Spooner Street (2015). A CHANCE FOR LAND AND FRESH AIR – IMMIGRANTS IN SHAROB AND AMENIA, 1907 to 1940. 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).   BIO/Memoir: The Accidental Biographer. 7 year account of Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir.
Susan Barile Edition of Edith Wharton and Mary Berenson’s correspondence; one woman play based on the autobiography of Sibilla Aleram; biography of David Graham Phillips.
Evelyn Barish The Double Life of Paul De Man (2014).
Louise Bernikow Votes for Women NY: The Campaign for the City
Sallie Bingham  The Silva Swan: Searching for Doris Duke.
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). The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth, A Brandywine River Visionary. Also working on a memoir.
Abigail Bloom Currently: “Key Popular Women Writers: Geraldine Jewsbury” and “Leading the Way for Victorian Women: Geraldine Jewsbury and Victorian Culture”
Kate Bolick Previously biography: Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (Crown, 2015. Currently: a book about romantic friendship, as seen through the experiences of Isadora Duncan, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Duke Ellington.
Alexis Boylan Dual biography of Dolly Sloan and Helen Sloan
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 (2017)
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
Dána-Ain Davis  
Lynda Dodd Alice Paul & other suffragists
Barbara Fisher Lionel Trilling, Literary and cultural critic of mid-century America.
Jennifer Fleischner 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: 20th century newspaper columnist.
Sherry Gorelick “On the Road to Peace,” a collective biography of North-American Jewish Feminists and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Linda M. Grasso Equal Under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism (in some respects a biography of US Feminism as understood through the biography of an iconic woman artist). effe.
Barbara Gray Sophie Lyons, 19th-century American pickpocket, blackmailer, con woman, and ban krobber
Kathryn Hearst  Phoebe Hearst: Civic Builder of the West. The Cinema of Barbara Kopple: American Activist.
Grace Hechinger Alva Vanderbilt, socialite and suffragist; also a memoir
Dorothy O. Helly Flora Shaw, Lady Lugard (1852 – 1929)
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.
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). Currently two projects; Novel/Non-fiction book about twins.
Diane Jacobs Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters (2014). Currently: a biography of Edith Wharton during her Paris years 1907 – 1920.
Marjorie G. Jones Frances Yates and the Hermantic Tradition (2008); The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott (2015). Currently: Elizabeth Grandin (1889-1970), Artist & Student of Robert Henri.
Eve Kahn Finishing biography of forgotten artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907) for Wesleyan University Press (due 2019), researching the photographer Lillian Baynes Griffin (1871-1916) and the painters Annie Traquair Lang (1885-1918) and Edith Varian Cockcroft (1881-1962)
Carla Kaplan Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (2013), a group biography of the 1920s. Currently: biography of Jessica Milford.
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: Currently working on Black Loyalists, male and female , evacuated fronm New York in 1783.
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: in the midst of working on a memoir.
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: A collection of biographies of important 20th century womwn for middle grade readers.A Y/A biography of Ada Byron Lovelace.
Michele Mitchell Pauli Murray, lawyer and activist for civil rights and women’s rights
Honor Moore The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir (2008).  Currently: Memoir of my mother Jenny McKean Moore
Marnie Mueller Mary Mon Toy, Nisei showgirl who had been interned during WW11, a memoirand biography of our friendship in the shadow of the Internment of Japanese Americans.
Dona Munker Previous biography: Daughter of Persia: A Woman’s Journey from Her Father’s Harem through the Islamic Revolution. Currently: Sara Bard Field, Sara Bard Field, 20th c. suffragist, poet, and “free lover.” Website: Blog, Stalking the Elephant, is on the art and craft of writing a biography and the writing life.
Janice Nimura Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back (2015). Currently: biography of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, pioneering women doctors.
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: “The Only Skirt in the Room: Stories From American Women Lawyers who changed the Profession of Law.” 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: working on personal essays about the literary Canon/Jane Avril, a dancer of the Moulin Rouge and model for Toulouse-Lautrec.
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 Martha Graham, modern dancer/ Eleanor Dulles, diplomat/ Betty Ford, former first lady.
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) of my grandmother, an ILGWU member,witness to the Triangle Factory Fire. She lived to 105. Art exhibitions, October 2014 – June 2015. Curated Exhibition “Tailored” May 2015. www.deeshapiro.com
Alix Kates Shulman Previous memoir: To Love What Is: a marriage transformed (2008) and Menage, a novel (2012). Currently: The Visionaries, a novel about 1960s radical feminist activists in their old age (now).
Sydney Ladensohn Stern Previous biography:  Gloria Steinem: Her Passions, Politics, and Mystique (1997). Currently: dual biography of Hollywood screenwriter/director/producer brothers Herman & 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 NationDefiant 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: Catalog of extant letters by Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. 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”.
Brenda Wineapple Previous works: “White Heat” about the friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson published by Knopf(2008). “Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, Compromise,1848 -1877” (much about women’s suffrage) published by Harper, 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). 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: Memoir of a Biographer.

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