Emily Fox Gordon

Emily Fox Gordon

Bio

Emily Fox Gordon has published personal essays in Boulevard, Salmagundi, and The American Scholar, among other literary magazines. Her work has won two Pushcart Prizes and has been shortlisted in Best American Essays, and three of her essays were anthologized in the Anchor Essay Annual. An essay about her hospitalization as a teenager at Austen Riggs formed the basis for Mockingbird Years (2000), a memoir which was also a critique of psychotherapy. Mockingbird Years was named a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as one of Amazon.com’s top ten memoirs for the year. It also received glowing front-page consideration in The New York Times Book Review and was subsequently translated into Hebrew and Chinese.

Gordon has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell colony. She has developed a strong interest in teaching as well, and has taught workshops at Rice University, Houston’s INPRINT program, and the University of Wyoming. Her new memoir, Are You Happy?, began, like its predecessor, as an essay. Emily Fox Gordon lives in Houston, Texas.

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