Winter With the Writers

Paula McLain

Paula McLain is an American author best known for her novel, The Paris Wife


Paula McLain: Reading, On-stage Interview, and Signing

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Winter With the Writers welcomed Paula McLain to Rollins on February 16, 2012.

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Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California, in 1965 and spent her childhood in foster care. In 1996, she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, and has since been awarded fellowships from the corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Her first collection of poetry, Less of Her (New Issues, 1999), won a publication grant from the Academy of American Poetry. Stumble, Gorgeous, a second collection of poetry, also by New Issues, appeared in 2005. Individual poems have been featured in American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon, 2000), The Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. In 2003, Little, Brown published her memoir, Like Family: Growing Up In Other People’s Houses, for which she appeared on The Today Show. Her first novel, A Ticket to Ride, was published by Ecco in 2008, and was selected as a top winter read by The Today Show. The Paris Wife, a second novel (Ballantine, 2011) was an instant best seller, debuting at # 1 on the American Bookseller Association best seller list, and at # 9 on the New York Times best seller list. It has also appeared on bests eller lists in Canada, Ireland, and Italy, and has sold in 25 territories Internationally.

Recent essays and excerpts of her work have appeared in The New York Times, the Sunday New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping. She has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Michigan, The Putney School, John Carroll University, and in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College. She currently lives in Cleveland with her three children.