Lynn Freed

Lynn Freed is a South African-born writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Vogue, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House and The New Yorker. She was awarded the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award for Fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Her short stories “Sunshine” and “The Way Things Are Going” won the 2011 and 2015 PEN / O. Henry Prizes, and her story “Ma: A Memoir” was performed on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Several of her novels, as well as her collection of stories, The Curse of the Appropriate Man, have appeared on The New York Times’ “Notable Books of the Year” list. Her most recent books both came out in 2017: The Romance of Elsewhere (essays) and the novel The Last Laugh