Remembering Louise DeSalvo September 27, 1942 – October 31, 2018
Sadly, Louise passed away on October 31st, 2018. She was a true pioneer, teacher and mentor in the Writing to Heal field. She enriched and inspired many life writers worldwide. She will be missed and her teachings will live on through her books and words. You can read more about Louise’s life and work here.
Until her recent retirement, Louise DeSalvo was the Jenny Hunter Professor of Literature and Creative Writing where she founded the MFA in Memoir Program. Since the mid-1970s, she has studied the creative process and researched how works of art come into being. She has published more than twenty books, among them, the landmark Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work, two books about writing (Writing as a Way of Healing and The Art of Slow Writing), and several memoirs, among them, Vertigo (winner of the Gay Talese Award), Crazy in the Kitchen, Breathless, Adultery, On Moving, Chasing Ghosts. A collection of her memoir pieces, The House of Early Sorrows, will be published by Fordham University Press in 2018. She is currently writing a book about her sister’s suicide and a memoir about living with cancer.