This is the cover of my forthcoming memoir. It makes use of contact sheet images of myself taken during my first author photo shoot.
Raised in a traditional 1950s New England family, I rejected the boundaries of my upbringing and followed my drive to write. Coming of age during the women's liberation movement, I joined Newsweek shortly after it was sued for sexism, hoping to find new opportunities for women writers, but I had to fight for every step forward.
Word for Word is the dramatic story of my determination to become a published author, from my early days in journalism to writing my groundbreaking biographies of legendary artists Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Nevelson. In the book, I discuss the demands of writing honestly about others and myself while unflinchingly sharing successes, stumbling blocks, and relationships that threatened to silence my written voice.
In this frank memoir, I ask what a writer—or anyone devoted to self-expression in the arts—needs to flourish and find fulfillment in work and life. I share insights from artists and other authors and reflects on the way nature nurtures a literary life. Throughout, I examine how the private and professional parts of a writer's life intertwine, explore what enables words to flow and what stops them, and show where the writing life can ultimately lead.
I have been a professional writer and published author for most of my adult life. Prior to publishing Portrait of an Artist, my best-selling biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, I worked in journalism for newspapers and magazines. My other books include titles about women without children, gardening, and educating girls. My work has been described as "an act of courage" and "elegantly written yet also edgily realistic."
I have given numerous talks at art museums and literary festivals. My essays, articles, and book reviews have been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. I live in Sharon, Connecticut, with my husband, artist Robert Kipniss, and when I'm not writing I enjoy working in my garden.