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Emily Barton is the author of two novels, Brookland and The Testament of Yves Gundron, both named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her short fiction has appeared in Story, American Short Fiction, and Conjunctions, and she has published essays and criticism in Tablet magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Bookforum, and Poetry magazine, among others. She has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and won the Bard Fiction Prize. Before coming to Smith, Barton taught undergraduate writing at Yale, Princeton, Bard, and Eugene Lang College, and taught in the MFA programs at Columbia and New York University.
At present, Barton is completing edits on her third novel, The Book of Esther, and looking forward to returning to work on Type, a novel she put on the back burner in order to write the current one.
Though her own fiction has a speculative-historical bent, Barton takes a lively interest in writers whose work differs from her own. As a teacher, she enjoys working with students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and writing styles.
You can find more information about Emily Barton on her Facebook page and on her website, the latter of which includes a section with advice for current, former, and prospective students.