Penny Wolfson

Sarah Lawrence College; Narrative Medicine Program, Columbia University

Penny Wolfson won a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing in 2001 for an essay in The Atlantic Monthly called “Moonrise,” which has since been anthologized in several collections, including Best American Essays. Her memoir, Moonrise: One Family, Genetic Identity and Muscular Dystrophy, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2003.  Her writing on disability has also appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Exceptional Parent, and other publications, and is included in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies. She has a BA and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she taught nonfiction writing from 2001 to 2010. She has also taught in the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia, and is now working on a paper on the history of wheelchairs.