Gretchen Henderson writes across the arts, humanities, and sciences to integrate creative and critical practices. The author of four books of nonfiction and fiction, as well as opera librettos, poetic and art media works, her writings have been reviewed in The New Yorker (“illuminating … artful … exciting”), Literary Review (“provocative … essential”), Macleans (“lively … impressive … terrific”), TIME Magazine (“look no further”), cover story of TLS (“always fascinating … refreshing … necessary”), and the Guardian (“fascinating … absorbing … generous”). In 2018, her latest nonfiction book was translated for Turkish, Korean, Chinese, and Spanish editions. Her interviews have included NPR, BBC and national radio programs for Ireland, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Some recent distinctions include being Co-Director of an NEH Institute on "Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere" at Georgetown University, Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, Distinguished Speaker in Art History at Rutgers University, Hodson Trust-JCB Fellow in Creative Arts at Brown University, Visiting Artist in Music at MIT, among other commitments. Widely published across journals and anthologies, her writings have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Ecotone, The Iowa Review, Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Brevity, The Journal of Artists' Books, Performance Research, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other publications. Her work has been shaped by artist residencies; in 2019-2020, Gretchen was grateful for time at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, in Switzerland, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy. She has collaborated across the arts and disciplines, from the Luc Hoffmann Institute/World Wildlife Fund, to Georgetown University's Medical School, to Guggenheim composer Elena Ruehr and Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Deeply committed to teaching, she has served on the faculties at Georgetown University, University of Utah, MIT, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and other colleges and universities. Her training includes a B.A. in History from Princeton University (summa cum laude), M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University, Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, metaLAB Digital Research Fellowship at Harvard University, and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities from MIT. Gretchen is the Associate Director for Research at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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