Abigail DeWitt is the author of the novels, LILI (WW Norton) and DOGS (Lorimer Press), and a newly completed novel-in-stories, NEWS OF OUR LOVED ONES. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, nominated for a Pushcart, and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts, and the Michener Society.
I was born and raised in North Carolina, but every summer, my mother, a French physicist, took my sisters and me to the Alps, where she ran a physics institute. In those days—the 1960’s—America was at the peak of prosperity, but France was still reeling from two world wars.
I write about growing up partly in a country that won the war, partly in a country still bruised by the Nazi occupation. What interests me is cultural dislocation, the ways people with different vocabularies describe the same moment, the relationship between loss and victory, light and dark.
I studied at Harvard University and the Iowa Writers Workshop and have taught at Harvard Summer School, Boston University, UNC-Asheville, and Appalachian State University. I was also the Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Now, I lead private workshops, mentor people one-on-one, and teach through the Table Rock Writers Workshop and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville.