Joan Wickersham was born in New York City and grew up there and in Connecticut. Her new book of fiction, The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story, will be published by Knopf in October 2012. Her memoir The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (Harcourt 2008) was a National Book Award Finalist. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary.

Her fiction has appeared in magazines including Agni, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Story, and has also been published in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and other anthologies. She has published essays and reviews in Glamour, Yankee, The Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune; and her op-ed column appears regularly in The Boston Globe. She has read her work on National Public Radio’s “On Point” and “Morning Edition.” She also writes frequently about architecture, including “The Lurker,” a column she created for Architecture Boston magazine.

She has received the Ploughshares Cohen Award for Best Short Story and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She graduated from Yale with a degree in art history, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.



Photo: Thomas Wickersham

Selected Stories and Essays

“The Boys’ School, or The News From Spain,” in Agni; anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011.

“The Tunnel, or The News From Spain,” in Glimmer Train Stories, anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2013.

“The Assignation, or The News From Spain” in New England Review.

“The Woodwork” in Ploughshares; winner of the 2007 Cohen award.

“An Attempt at a Biographical Essay,” in Agni.

“Psychological Impact,” in The Hudson Review.

“Almost,” in Glimmer Train Stories.

“What About the Gun” in Agni.

“Munich,” in The Hudson Review.

“In the Heart,” in The Hudson Review.

“The Off Season,” in Ploughshares.

“Cold Front,” in Glimmer Train Stories.

“Paint,” in Story.

“Lena,” in Story.

“Commuter Marriage,” in The Hudson Review; anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 1990 and The Graywolf Annual Eight; reprinted in translation in Grazia (Italy)

“The Shadow of the Mountain,” in Sister to Sister, edited by Patricia Foster (Doubleday, 1995); excerpted in Glamour.