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Cartoonist, The New Yorker; Visiting Professor of English, Barnard College

Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Fall 2023

Liana Finck is a New Yorker cartoonist with almost 300 cartoons under her belt and over 600,000 Instagram followers; she maintains a monthly advice-column comic called “Dear Pepper,” a weekly drawing for the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, and teaches at Barnard College. Finck received her MFA from The Cooper Union and is the author of five books, including A Bintel Brief (Ecco, 2014), a collection of short stories based on an early twentieth-century Yiddish advice column, her graphic memoirs Passing for Human (2018) and Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self (2019), and a graphic novel about the Genesis story featuring a female God, Let There Be Light: The Real Story of Her Creation (2022), all from Penguin Random House. Finck appears in Very Semi-Serious, an HBO documentary about New Yorker cartoonists, from her early meetings with Robert Mankoff through the triumph of her first sale. Her work has been supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center.

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