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writer, artist, scholar

Gretchen Henderson writes across the arts, environmental humanities, cultural history, and museum studies to cross-pollinate her creative and critical practices. The author of four books of nonfiction and fiction, opera librettos and artistic media works, her writings have been reviewed in The New Yorker, Guardian, TLS, Literary Review, and TIME, with interviews on NPR, BBC, and international radio. Some of her recent distinctions include the Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah (2017-2019), Distinguished Speaker in Art History at Rutgers University (2016), Hodson Trust-JCB Fellow in Creative Arts at Brown University (2015-2016), and Visiting Artist in Music at MIT’s Center for Art, Science, and Technology (2014). She has taught widely, and her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and artist residency programs. In 2019, among other commitments, she is a Writer-in-Residence in Nature Writing at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland and Co-Director of an NEH Institute on "Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere" at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

“illuminating … artful… exciting” ~ The New Yorker
“always fascinating … refreshing … necessary” ~ TLS
“look no further” ~ TIME Magazine
     “provocative … essential” ~ Literary Review
     “lively … impressive … terrific” ~ Maclean's  
                     “fascinating … absorbing … generous” ~ Guardian
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