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writer , English language educator

Joanna Jeanne Scott, American writer, English language educator. Recipient Richard and Hinde Rosenthal award American Academy-Institute Arts and Letters, 1991, finalist Pulitzer Prize, 1997; fellow Guggenheim Foundation, 1988, MacArthur Foundation, since 1992; Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association faulkner nomination, 1991, 95.


Scott, Joanna Jeanne was born on June 22, 1960 in Rochester, New York, United States. Daughter of Walter Lee and Yvonne (de Potter) Scott.


Bachelor, Trinity College, Hartford, 1983. Master of Arts, Brown University, 1985.


Scott has received critical acclaim for her novels. She received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Trinity College (Connecticut) in 2009. Her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN-Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Scott grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and received her bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1983. Before graduating, she spent a year in an exchange program at Barnard College. She also worked as a copy editor for United Features Syndicate in New York and spent a year at the Elaine Markson Literary Agency.

There she was an assistant to Geri Thoma, who later became Scott's own agent. Scott received her master's degree from Brown University in 1985 and taught creative writing there, as well as at the University of Maryland and Princeton University. Since 1987 she has been in the English Department of the University of Rochester, where she has taught courses in creative writing, modern fiction, the contemporary novel, the writing of Charles Dickens and other subjects.

She also sits on the contributing editorial board of the literary journal Conjunctions. Like Scott, he is also a graduate of Trinity College (Class of 1981). They have two children.


  • A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. Her stories have been included in Best American Stories (1993) and The Pushcart Prize (1993). In 1992 she won the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from The Paris Review for her story "A Borderline Case." In 2006 she won the Ambassador Book Award for her novel Liberation.



Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (chair women's committee).


Married James Burton Longenbach. Children: Kathryn Scott Longenbach, Alice Scott Longenbach.

Walter Lee Scott

Yvonne (de Potter) Scott

James Burton Longenbach

Kathryn Scott Longenbach Scott

Alice Scott Longenbach Scott