joined the Barnard faculty in 2002. She is the author of four books of poetry, including the recent Corridor
(2014). She is also the editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell
(2005) and The Dolphin Letters: Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Their Circle
(2018); and co-editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
(2008). She directs Women Poets at Barnard.
Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar
spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. He has written for the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, the Financial Times, and several other publications. His debut novel, In the Country of Men
, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and won numerous international prizes, including the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Commonwealth First Book Award, Premio Flaiano and Premio Gregor von Rezzori. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance
, was published to great acclaim in 2011. His latest book, The Return
, was published in the summer of 2016 and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Costa Biography Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. It was one of the New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2016 and won The Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize, the Pen/Jean Stein Award, the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and the Rathbones Folio Prize. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. He lives in London and New York, where he is the Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts at Barnard College, Columbia University. Professor Matar is the founder and principal curator of the Barnard International Artists Series, a forum for considering the world through the works of living artists.
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