Emily Rapp Black

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Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick, as well as a finalist for the PEN-USA Award in Nonfiction. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction and Poetry. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation; the Jentel Arts Foundation; the Corporation of Yaddo; the Fine Arts Work Center, where she was a winter writing fellow; Fundacion Valparaiso; and Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth fiction writer-in-residence. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Lenny Letter, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. Her essays about end of life care and palliative care appear frequently in medical and academic journals and anthologies. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has two books forthcoming in 2021: Sanctuary (Random House), and Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg (Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books). She is working on a book with novelist Lisa Glatt, and also collaborating on a script based on Luke Cassidy’s debut novel, Iron Annie. The mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6), she lives in the Inland Empire in Southern California.

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