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Mimi Schwartz’s latest book, When History is Personal, explores the intersection of memoir and history and will be published in Spring 2018 ((University of Nebraska Press). Her other books include the award-winning Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father’s German Village, which received both a Foreword Book of the Year Award in Memoir for 2008 and the New Hampshire Literary Nonfiction Award. Her other books include Thoughts from a Queen-sized Bed, voted one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2002 by JCC Book Clubs; and the popular Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (co-authored with Sondra Perl). Her short work has appeared in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Agni, Missouri Review, Jewish Week, Christian Science Monitor, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among others—and seven essays have been Notables in Best American Essays. She has received MacDowell and Geraldine R. Dodge fellowships and is Professor Emerita in Writing at Richard Stockton University

Mimi Schwartz offers workshops in memoir and creative nonfiction at the Geneva Writers’ Conference, Paris Writers Week, Vermont Post-Graduate Seminars, and in the annual Writers Getaway in New Hampshire, among others. Mimi also performs documentary theater with OnStage Seniors, a community project of McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives.


Mimi Schwartz was born in Forest Hills, Queens, attended the University of Michigan and N.Y.U. for a BA degree, and received her MA degree in literature at U.C.L.A. Two babies and seventeen years later, she completed a doctorate at Rutgers University (1979) and then joined the writing faculty of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she taught nonfiction and creative nonfiction for 24 years.

Her memoir of linked essays, Thoughts from a Queen-sized Bed, is about life in a long marriage: what you get and give up for that commitment. It was a JCC Book Clubs pick as one of the best nonfiction books in 2002. Her narrative nonfiction, Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village, chronicles her 12-year quest to find out how Christian and Jewish neighbors in her father’s German village negotiated decency during and after Nazi times—and what that means for us, as neighbors today.

Schwartz’s short work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Post Road, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Missouri Review, Tikkun, Fourth Genre, Calyx, Agni, Brevity, Jewish Week, Christian Science Monitor, and Florida Review, among others. Seven essays have been Notables in Best American Essays; several have won prizes in creative nonfiction; and many have been reprinted in anthologies, including The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction; DIRT, the Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House; and Living on the Margins, Women Writers on Breast Cancer.

Schwartz has also published several books on writing, including Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, co-authored with Sondra Perl, now in its second edition; Writing for Many Roles; Writer’s Craft, Teacher’s Art: Teaching What We Know; and several grass-roots anthologies that promote new voices, particularly of women and children.