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 a novel, Carrying the Body, and two story collections— Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division, which has just been reissued as an e book. Of the later, the The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote, “Her style slides with weightless grace across the surface of the world. But in so doing, it also puts pressure on that surface, revealing the water that waits, in roaring silence, on its underside.”
Her stories have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, Black Book, Fence, Open City, The Mississippi Review Prize Anthology, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Arts & Letters, The Quarterly, NOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently XO Orpheus: 50 New Myths and Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.
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 Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania. She is now Features, Books at Readers Digest and teaches at the Center for Fiction.