Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel's illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller; it was also on Oprah's Summer Reading List for 2012. Her previous books include two story collections — Further Adventures in the Restless Universe, and In the Year of Long Division (which has just been reissued as an ebook) —  and a novel, Carrying the Body. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Conjunctions, Black Book, Fence, Open City, The Mississippi Review Prize Anthology, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Arts & Letters, The Quarterly, Noon Annual, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She was a fiction editor for many years, followed by a seven-year stint as executive articles editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, and three years as editor-at-large at More Magazine. She has also taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania. She is now editor-at-large of Features and Books at Readers Digest, and the editor of The Literarian, the magazine for the Center for Fiction in New York. She lives outside New York City with her husband and sons.