J. Annie Macleod

J. Annie Macleod is Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland—a small honors college fastened to a shore in Southern Maryland—where she teaches classes in fiction writing, the essay, women novelists, Victorian adaptations, and the literature of food. Her critical work spans five books and many articles, including collaborative ventures, such as a co-edited anthology of food writing with recipes, Books that Cook: The Making of Literary Meal (NYUP 2014), and another of creative nonfiction essays by women about their everyday contraptions, From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (Michigan State UP 2016), which won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

A former Fulbright Scholar to Slovenia and the Netherlands and the 2020 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching at Baylor University, Cognard-Black is also a contributor to Ms. Magazine as well as a professor for The Great Courses and Audible.com; her newest venture with Audible is “Books that Cook: Food and Fiction.” Under the pen name J. Annie MacLeod (a version of her mother’s birth name), she’s also produced numerous short stories. Two of these have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been published in many journals, from Another Chicago Magazine to So To Speak to Versal to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. For her fiction, Cognard-Black has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, a creative fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and artist residencies at the VCCA and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Currently, she is writing her first novel about a tumultuous time in the life of Edith Wharton, under the working title “Making Up.”

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