Discipline: Literature

Hilma Wolitzer

Discipline: Literature
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1983

Hilma Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn. She started writing when she was a child. Her first published work, at 9, was a poem about winter in the Junior Inspector’s Club Journal, sponsored by the New York City Department of Sanitation. She published her first short story in her thirties and her first novel, ENDING, when she was 44. For a while she was billed as The Great Middle-Aged Hope. Her 14th book, AN AVAILABLE MAN, a novel about dating and finding love later in life, was published in January 2012. Wolitzer has taught in many creative writing programs, including the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Columbia University, and N.Y.U. and has received honors and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters.



Hilma Wolitzer worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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