Photo by Claire Holt

Photo by Claire Holt

Dawn Raffel's most recent book, The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, was chosen as one of NPR’s best books of 2018 and awarded a 2019 Christopher Award for books that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Previous books include a memoir, The Secret Life of Objects; a novel, Carrying the Body; and two story collections,  Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division.

Her writing has been published in O, The Oprah MagazineBOMBNew Philosopher, The San Francisco ChronicleConjunctionsBlack BookOpen CityThe Anchor Book of New American Short StoriesArts & LettersThe QuarterlyNOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. 

She was a fiction editor for many years, helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she served as Executive Articles Editor for seven years, and subsequently held senior-level "at- large" positions at More magazine and Reader's Digest. In addition, she served as the Center for Fiction's web editor.

She currently works as an independent editor for individuals and creative organizations, specializing in memoir, short stories, and narrative nonfiction. She teaches at Columbia University, the Center for Fiction, and Summer Literary Seminars, which will meet in Tblisi in July, 2019.