Position: Educational Advisory Board Member
Profession: Writer, New York City
Brenda Wineapple is an American nonfiction writer, literary critic, and essayist. Her books include Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877; White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson; Hawthorne: A Life; Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein; and Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner. A regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Nation and other national publications, she is also the editor of The Selected Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier (a volume in the Library of America's American Poets Project) and Nineteenth-Century American Writers on Writing (a volume in The Writers’ World, ed. Edward Hirsch).
Born in Boston and educated at Brandeis University, she received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2014, Wineapple received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition, she has received a Pushcart Prize (2009), a Guggenheim fellowship, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians (2014) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012), she is also an elected Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and was the Donald C. Gallup Fellow at the Beinecke Library, Yale University, as well as a fellow of the Indiana Institute of Arts and Letters. She serves as literary advisor for the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of America, and she is on the advisor board of Lapham's Quarterly and The American Scholar.
Wineapple was formerly the Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate School, CUNY. She teaches in the MFA programs at The New School University and Columbia University's School of the Arts and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and Union College, where she was Washington Irving Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies. She is married to the composer Michael Dellaira.