Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson

Associate Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Fiction Writing
Phone:(607) 274-3324
E-mail:ehenderson@ithaca.edu
Office:407 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Eleanor Henderson was born in Greece, grew up in Florida, and studied in Vermont and Virginia. She is the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight (Ecco, 2017) and Ten Thousand Saints (Ecco, 2011), which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times and was a finalist for the Award for First Fiction from The Los Angeles Times. In 2015, the film adaptation, 10,000 Saints, was released by Screen Media Films, starring Ethan Hawke and premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Eleanor’s stories and essays have appeared in publications including Agni, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, All Things Considered, Poets & Writers, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories. With the novelist Anna Solomon she is also co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers (FSG, 2014). In the spring of 2017, she was a Visiting Writer in the MFA program at Syracuse University. In 2019, she was named the Robert Ryan Professor in the Humanities for her work on a memoir, Too Much Fire: A Marriage, which will be published by Ecco.

Degrees

  • M.F.A. Fiction, University of Virginia, 2005
  • B.A. American Literature/Creative Writing, Middlebury College, 2001

Selected Courses

  • Narratives of Mental Illness (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Writing the Other (Senior Seminar)
  • Read My Lips: The Rhetoric of the Presidential Race (Ithaca Seminar)
  • Short Stories on the Screen (Ithaca Seminar)
  • The Art of Time (Senior Seminar)
  • Distance + Discourse (Senior Seminar)
  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Writing the Short Novel
  • Personal Essay

Selected Publications

Books

Short Fiction

Short Nonfiction

Selected Awards

  • Robert Ryan Professorship in the Humanities, 2019
  • Summer Grants for Faculty Research, Ithaca College, 2019, 2011
  • Research Fellowship, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University, 2016
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellence, 2011-2012
  • Finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, Los Angeles Times, 2011
  • 10 Best Books of the Year, New York Times, 2011

Appointments

Website

eleanor-henderson.com

 

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