A.M. Homes is a Washington D.C. native, graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Her most recent book is a collection of short stories, Days of Awe. In 2021 she will publish a new novel, Phoenix: The Unfolding.
Her previous books include May We Be Forgiven, which won the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize). Homes’ memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, the story of being “found” by her biological family and a literary exploration and investigation of identity, adoption and genealogical ties that bind, was published to international acclaim. Other works include the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack; as well as the short-story collections Days of Awe, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects; the travel memoir Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill; and the artist’s book, Appendix A:.
Her work has been translated into 22 languages and she writes frequently on the arts for publications such as Art Forum, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker and The New York Times and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot.
A.M. Homes is active in the world of film and television and is currently developing television shows for BBC/AMC, and Hulu along with supporting the development of adaptations of her works — This Book Will Save Your Life by Benedict Cumberbatch/SunnyMarch and Music for Torching with Julie Bowen/Carl Beverly.
She was co-executive producer of the television show Falling Water and worked with David E. Kelly on the adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. Previously Homes was a writer/producer of The L Word in 2004-05, and wrote the adaptation of her first novel, Jack, for Showtime. Homes has also written original television pilots for ABC, CBS, FX and HBO.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
A.M. Homes is active in the LGBTQ community and in the arts community on the board of directors of Yaddo, the Writers Guild of America East Council as well as on the boards of directors of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets and Writers and the Elizabeth Dance Company and as advisor to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.