Ann Harleman

Oakland, CA 94602

Author's Bio

Ann Harleman is the author of two short story collections—Happiness, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and Thoreau’s Laundry—and two novels, Bitter Lake and The Year She Disappeared. In an earlier life, having been the first woman to receive a Ph. D. in linguistics from Princeton, Harleman lived and worked behind the Iron Curtain. Now happily living within sight of San Francisco Bay, she is on the faculties of Brown University and Stanford University. She can be reached through her website,

Publications and Prizes

Bitter Lake
(Southern Methodist University Press, 1996)
, Happiness
(University of Iowa Press, 1994)
, The Year She Disappeared
(University of Texas Press, 2008)
, Thoreau's Laundry
(Southern Methodist University Press, 2007)
An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family
(William Morrow, 2007)
, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
(The Crossing Press, 1994)
, Hint Fiction
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)
, Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry abut Family Caregiving
(Vanderbilt University Press, 2014)
, Love's Shadow
(The Crossing Press, 1993)
, Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers & Teachers
(A Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2006)
, O. Henry Prize Stories
(Anchor Books, 2003)
, Russia According to Women
(Hermitage West, 1991)
, The Iowa Award: The Best Stories 1991-2000
(University of Iowa Press, 2001)
Alaska Quarterly Review, American Fiction, Glimmer Train Stories, Green Mountains Review, Greensboro Review, Ms. Magazine, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Oxford Magazine, Ploughshares, Primavera, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Story, The Madison Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Witness, Zoetrope All-Story
Prizes Won: 
Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, three Rhode Island State Arts Council fellowships, the Berlin Prize in Literature, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, the O. Henry Award, and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Palliser Novels by Anthony Trollope

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European American
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Philadelphia, PA
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Last updated: Nov 08, 2016