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Erin McGraw

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Nationality  American
Education  Indiana University
Spouse  Andrew Hudgins
Role  Author
Name  Erin McGraw

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Notable works  The baby tree (2008), The seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard, (2013), Better Food for a Better World
Notable awards  Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University
Books  The Seamstress of Hollyw, Better Food for a Better World, The baby tree, Lies of the saints, The good life

Writers Talk featuring Erin McGraw (Part 1 of 3)

Erin McGraw (born 1957) is an American author, known primarily for works of fiction, both short stories and novels. Her generous, genial works often depicts familial relations with cold-eyed optimism.


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Her first book, the story collection Bodies at Sea (1989), features a range of characters from a coal miner to college professor who engage in surprising actions. Her next story collection, Lies of the Saints (1996), which explores themes including marriage and parenthood through quirky stories about endearing misfits, was described by The New York Times as a "gratifyingly substantial" work featuring "savvy, sardonic women". The Good Life (2004), which features characters battling daily demons of envy, fear, and disillusionment while somehow maintaining an abiding optimism. Her novels include The Baby Tree (2002), The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard (2008), which draws on her own family history to describe the price one woman pays for independence, and Better Food for a Better World (2013), the story of six idealistic college friends who band together to open the Natural High Ice Cream parlor only to find life intruding on their dreams, until … . Her short work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, The Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review.


A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (1988–90), she has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the corporations of MacDowell and Yaddo.

Personal life

Born and raised in Redondo Beach, California, McGraw received her MFA at Indiana University and has lived in the Midwest ever since. Now an emeritus member of the faculty, McGraw taught in the MFA in Creative Writing program at the Ohio State University alongside her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins, until her retirement.


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