DeWitt Henry

33 Buick StreetWatertown, MA 02472

Author's Bio

Born 6/30/41 in Wayne, PA. Radnor High School, 1959; A.B. Amherst College, 1963; M.A. in English, Harvard Univ., 1965; Ph.D. English, Harvard Univ., 1971; completed requirements for M.F.A. University of Iowa, 1968 (did not take the degree). Married Constance Sherbill 1973; two children Ruth Kathryn Henry born 1977; David Jung Min Henry born 1985. Grand daughter Eva Luz Henry born 2003. Sister Judy Friedericy; brothers Charles (deceased 1999) and John T. Henry (deceased 2004). Founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine, and active editor and director 1971-1995. Interim Director of Ploughshares 6/2007-10/2008. Professor, Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College, 2006 to present; Associate Professor 1989 to 2006: hired as Assistant Professor 1983; Acting Chairperson 1987-8; Chairperson 1989-93.

Publications and Prizes


The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts
(University of Tennessee Press,
Safe Suicide: Narratives, Essays, and Meditations
(Red Hen Press,


Fathering Daughters
(Beacon Press,
The Pushcart Prize XIV
(Pushcart Press,
The Ploughshares Reader: New Fiction for the Eighties
(Pushcart Press,
Other Sides of Silence: New Fiction from Ploughshares
(Faber & Faber,
Breaking Into Print: Early Stories and Insights Into Getting Published
(Beacon Press,
Sorrows Company: Writers on Loss and Grief
(Beacon Press,


Antioch Review
Missouri Review
Iowa Review
Nebraska Review
Memoir Journal
Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, 2000 (inaugural award in annual competition for best novel in manuscript, judged this year by George Garrett) Commonwealth Award in the Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences (category: Organization Leadership, Small Organization), 1993. One of the first ten such awards presented by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. PEN New England Friend to Writers Award, 1992 Pushcart Prize for fiction, “Witness,” reprinted in Best of the Small Presses, XIV, 1989. St. Botolph’s Foundation Artist’s Foundation Artist’s Fellowship in Fiction, 1989. Boulevard Fiction Award for “Witness,” 1989 Third Annual Editors Book Award for The Ploughshares Reader, 1985. Citation by the Sinclair Fiction Prize for the novel, 1983. Creative Writing Fellowship Award for Fiction, National Endowment for the Arts, 1979. First Editorial Fellowship Award, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, 1979.

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Gives readings? 
Travels for readings? 
Identifies as: 
Irish American
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Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Wayne, PA
Raised in: 
Wayne, PA

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken, American Pastoral by Philip Roth , What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Favorite Books:
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford Collected Stories by Richard Yates Stop-time by Frank Conroy A Curtain of Green by Eudora Welty Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey The Things They Carried by Tim 0'Brien Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger Dubliners by James Joyce Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro
Favorite Authors:
Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Lawrence

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Listing last updated: January 29, 2013.

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