one of America's best novelists


Leah Hager Cohen, a member of the EXPLO faculty from 1986 to 1994, continues to achieve great success and recognition as a writer. Cohen, a graduate of Hampshire College and the Columbia University School of Journalism, has written several non-fiction books and novels. Her most recent work, The Grief of Others, has been receiving press and praise across the country. In addition to being on the “year-end best” lists in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, it was the “book of the week” at the Fiction Writers Review and in O Magazine. Grief was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, and in the corresponding article, Cohen is heralded as “one of America’s best novelists.”

In this latest novel, which immerses itself in intense tragedy, loss of others and self, and how we all cope differently—ineptly, incompletely, inelegantly—Cohen writes with candor, depth, darkness, and an ironic yet ever-present beauty.

In addition to writing novels and works of creative non-fiction, Cohen maintains a blog, contributes to the New York Times Book Review, teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, and serves as the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. She has also recently been selected to participate in the “Distinguished Writers Series” at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College.

About the series:
“The [Distinguished Writers] series reminds the world that reading, writing, conversation, and laughter are related arts. The format is simple, the emotional reward complex. The writers read, have a conversation with a faculty member, and then engage in open dialogue with the audience.”

Cohen is slated to share her work on Tuesday, March 23rd at 4:30 PM on the Wellesley College campus.

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