Writers at Barnard: Jennifer Finney Boylan and Mary Gordon
Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of fifteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University.
She has been a contributor to the op/ed page of the New York Times since 2007; in 2013 she became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page. Jenny also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Jenny also serves as Special Advisor to the President of Colby College in Maine.
She is a consultant and cast member for I AM CAIT, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner that debuted on the E! network in July of 2015; and also served as a consultant to the Amazon series TRANSPARENT.
Her new novel, Long Black Veil, was published in April 2017 from Penguin Random House. Two other recent projects are Falcon Quinn and the Bullies of Greenblud, an anti-bullying YA project; and the anthology of older women’s experiences, The Bitch is Back.
Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders (Broadway/Doubleday/Random House) was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights. Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation; she has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel.
Mary Gordon is the author of eight bestselling novels. She has also published two collections of stories, a book of essays, two memoirs, a biography of Joan of Arc, and Reading Jesus, a writer's encounter with the Gospels. Her latest books are There Your Heart Lies (2017), a novel, and The Liar's Wife (2014), a collection of novellas. Professor Gordon has received a Lila Acheson Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007.
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