Winter With the Writers

Michael Cunningham

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and screenwriter

Event Details

Winter With the Writers welcomed Michael Cunningham to Rollins on January, 31, 2008.

Speaker Bio

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Michael Cunningham was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1952 and grew up in La Canada, California. He received his BA in English literature from Stanford University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. His novel A Home at the End of the World was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1990 to wide acclaim. Flesh and Blood, another novel, followed in 1995. He received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel The Hours. He has written one nonfiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. He is also the author of Specimen Days (June 2005).

A film version of The Hours was directed by Stephen Daldry and featured Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep. A film version of A Home at the End of the World was directed by Michael Mayer, and featured Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts, and Sissy Spacek. Cunningham and Susan Minot co-wrote the screenplay for her novel Evening; the film stars Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Toni Colette, Patrick Wilson, and Meryl Streep.

Cunningham’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and other publications. His story “White Angel” was chosen for Best American Short Stories 1989, and another story, “Mister Brother,” appeared in the 2000 Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.

Michael Cunningham is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award (1995), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1988), and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa (1982).