Creative Writing Faculty

A.M. Homes

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A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C., educated at Sarah Lawrence College, and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

She is author of the novels: This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack; as well as the short-story collections, Days of Awe, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects; the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill; and the artist's book, Appendix A: .

Homes' most recent novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the prestigious 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize) and her memoir, The Mistress's Daughter — the story of being "found" by her biological family and a literary exploration and investigation of identity, adoption and genealogical ties that bind — was published to international acclaim.

Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and she writes frequently on the arts for publications such as Art Forum, Granta, McSweeney's, The New Yorker and the New York Times. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot.

Homes is Co-Executive Producer of the new television show, Falling Water, which will air on USA Network, and she is working with David E. Kelly on an adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. Previously she was a writer/producer of the television show, The L Word, in 2004-2005 and wrote the adaptation of her first novel, Jack, for Showtime. She has also written original television pilots for ABC, CBS, FX and HBO.

Homes has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

In addition Homes is active in the literary and TV/film community as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Yaddo, the WGAE Council and on the Boards of Directors of The New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets and Writers and The Elizabeth Dance Company and as advisor to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

She lives in New York City.


Read a profile of A.M. Homes in the Daily Princetonian, published October 21, 2015

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