About Daphne


Daphne is a dedicated teacher of writing and literature. She has taught graduate students (MFA programs at Boston University, Emerson College, University of Massachusetts, and Western New England University), post-MFA students (at Grub Street), undergraduates (at Middlebury College and elsewhere), and high school students (at the New England Young Writers Conference). She has been writer-in-residence at Skidmore College and Lynchburg College and a visiting author at Dartmouth and other schools. She also enjoys public speaking and has given talks on the research and writing process at public libraries and academic institutions. She will happily consider visiting or speaking at your school or library. Below is her c.v.


Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
PhD, Modern & Contemporary Literature, 1998
MFA, Creative Writing, 1994
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
BA, Psychology, 1992
Phi Beta KappaCum Laude


Blue Hours: a novel (TriQuarterly 2019)
Sight Reading: a novel (HarperCollins 2013)
Russian Winter: a novel (HarperCollins 2010)
Calamity and Other Stories (KnopfDoubleday 2005)

Stories in AGNI, Consequence, Copper Nickel, The Drum, Five Chapters, The Florida Review, Fusion, Good Housekeeping, The Literary Review, Memorious, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Virginia Quarterly Review

Essays in Poets & Writers, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Fusion, Memorious.org, Post Road, and Now Write!

Book reviews in New York Times Book ReviewTottenville Review and Vassar Quarterly
Interview of Mavis Gallant in Paris Review
Translations of Hungarian poetry in Partisan Review


Lecturer, Program in Creative Writing, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University (2017-present)
Instructor, Masters in Creative Writing & Literature Program, Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018-present)
Visiting Writer, Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, Western New England University (2016)
Visiting Writer in English, University of Massachusetts-Boston (2014-2016)
Novel-in-Progress Instructor, Grub Street, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, 2013
Lecturer, Boston University, Creative Writing Program, Massachusetts, 2012
Visiting Writer-in-Residence, Skidmore College, New York, 2009
Lecturer, Boston University, MFA Program in Creative Writing, 2009
Thornton Writer-in-Residence, Lynchburg College, Virginia, 2007
Instructor, Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, 2003-2006; 1997
Senior Lecturer, Boston University Center for English Language & Orientation Programs, 2003
Visiting Assistant Professor, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1999-2002
English Instructor, Harvard Business School, Berlitz-Harvard Pre-MBA Program, 1998-1999

Public Speaking


Concord Free Public Library, Duxbury Free Library, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Lexington Carey Memorial Library, Mattapoisett Free Public Library, Peabody Institute Library, Reading Public Library, West Falmouth Library, Winchester Public Library, American-Hungarian Library & Historical Center, Truro Public Library

Academic Institutions

Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
The Editorial Institute, Boston University, Massachusetts
Concordia University, Austin, Texas
St. Petersburg State University, Russia, for the Educational Bridge Project
Boston University, Keynote Speaker, UNI Commencement Luncheon
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
New England College of Art, Brookline, Massachusetts
Middlebury College, Vermont, Abernethy Series
Old Dominion University Literary Festival, Norfolk, Virginia
Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, Read/Write Series
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

2017 One City One Story Boston winner
2015 Juno Leadership Residency, Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Rhinebeck, NY
2014 New England Society Book Award in Fiction
2013 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities
2013 Nominee, Brother Thomas Fellowship
2011 Writers League of Texas Book Award in Fiction
2008 Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature, Yaddo, New York
2006 Christopher Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction
2005 W. K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts
2004 Macdowell Colony, Resident Fellow, Peterborough, New Hampshire
1998 Florence Engel Randall Prize in Fiction from Boston University
1994 Henfield Foundation Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction

Public Service

Final Judge, Morse Hamilton Fiction Prize, Tufts University, 2019
Volunteer Speaker at Massachusetts educational programs, 2017
            • Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline (education for the prevention of racism)
            • Somerville Senior Center, Somerville (through the Council on Aging)
            • SCALE, Somerville (free English instruction for non-native speakers)
Women’s National Book Association, Boston Chapter, 2012-2014
Volunteer Writer, PerambuLit, audio story for Boston Book Festival, 2011
Final Judge, Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize, Boston University, 2008 & 2005
Commissioner, Brookline Commission on the Arts, 2003-2008