Photo: Annette Hornischer

Writer, Brooklyn, New York

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Fall 2012


Heather McGowan is the author of the novel Schooling (Doubleday/Faber UK), which was a Newsweek, Detroit Free Press, and Hartford Courant Best Book of the Year in 2001 and was included in the volume 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, edited by Peter Boxall. She won the Rome Prize in Literature in 2011 for her second novel, Duchess of Nothing (Bloomsbury/Faber UK). Montrachet, a limited-edition collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick, appeared in 2006. Tadpole, McGowan’s original screenplay, was turned into a film directed by Gary Winick and starred Sigourney Weaver. The film won Best Director at Sundance in 2002 and was subsequently released by Miramax. McGowan’s fellowships include the Chateau La Napoule, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo.