Deirdre McNamer

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Deirdre McNamer is the author of four novels: Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, My Russian, and Red Rover (Viking, 2007). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.

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Biography

McNamer is the author of four novels: Rima in the Weeds (HarperCollins, 1991), One Sweet Quarrel (HarperCollins, 1994), My Russian (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), and Red Rover (Viking, 2007), which was named to the Best Books of 2007 lists of Artforum, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. It also won that year’s Montana Book Award. Her essays, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and Outside, among other venues.

She has taught writing at Cornell University, Williams College, the University of Ohio, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, and the University of Montana, where she has been, since 1998, a core faculty member of the MFA program. She is a recipient of a 2015 Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council. She chaired the fiction panel of the National Book Awards in 2011 and was a judge for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner award.