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Sheila M. Kohler

Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Sheila Kohler is the author of ten novels: The Perfect Place (Knopf, 1989), The House on R Street (Knopf, 1994), Cracks (Zoland, 1999), Children of Pithiviers (Zoland, 2001), Crossways (The Ontario Review Press, 2004), Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness (Other Press, 2007), Becoming Jane Eyre ( Penguin, 2009), Love Child (Penguin, 2011), Bay of the Foxes (Penguin, 2012), and Dreaming for Freud (Penguin, 2014), and three collections of short stories: Miracles in America (Knopf, 1990), One Girl (Helicon Nine, 1999), and Stories from Another World (Ontario Review Press 2003).

Kohler has been awarded the O.Henry Prize twice (1988 and 2008); the Open Voice Award (1991); the Smart Family Foundation prize (October 2000); The Willa Cather Prize, judged by William Gass for One Girl; the Antioch Review Prize (2004); and two stories have been included in Best American Short Stories in 1999 and 2013. She was nominated for an Impac award.

Her work has been translated and published in thirteen countries including France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Holland, China, England, India, Hungary, and into Hebrew, Korean, and Latvian.

Her short fiction has appeared and will appear in: The Antioch Review, The American Scholar, The American Voice, The Best American Short Stories-1999 , Boulevard, Bomb, The Bellevue Literary Magazine, The Columbia Magazine; Conjunctions; DoubleTake, Ecotone, Ellery Queen’s Mystery magazine, Fiction, Five Points, Hunger Mountain, Subtropics, The KGB Reader, The Massachusetts Review, The Mississippi Review, New Letters, The Ontario Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Quarterly, Redbook, Story, and The Yale Review.

Her non-fiction has and will appear in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Bomb magazine, The New Leader, O magazine, Salmagundi, The American Scholar, New Letters, The New York Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Yale Review, and on

Kohler has taught creative writing at Bennington, City College, The Chenango Valley Conference at Colgate, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, SUNY Purchase, the West Side YMCA, Columbia University, Princeton, and in Montolieu, France, at Brooklyn College.

She was a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers from 2003-2004 and a visiting writer at the American Academy of Rome in 2012 and 2013.

The film adaptation of Kohler’s novel, Cracks, was directed by Jordan Scott with Ridley Scott as executive producer and Eva Green playing Miss G. It appeared at the 2009 Toronto and London film festivals and is available on DVD.

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