Livesey came to North America during the 1970s where she worked to get her fiction published, reportedly because her boyfriend at the time was also a writer.
Livesey's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and a number of literary quarterlies. She is also the Fiction Editor at Ploughshares, an American literary journal. Livesey served as a judge for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction in 2012.
She currently lives in the Boston area and is the writer-in-residence at Emerson College. She had formally served as a professor at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Tufts University, Carnegie Mellon University, Brandeis University, Cleveland State University, Williams College, and at the University of California, Irvine.
Awards and honors
- 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, The House on Fortune Street
- Short stories
- Learning by Heart, 1986
- Homework, 1990
- Criminals, 1996
- The Missing World, 2000
- Eva Moves the Furniture, 2001
- Banishing Verona, 2004
- The House on Fortune Street, 2008
- The Flight of Gemma Hardy, 2012
- Mercury, 2016
- Livesey, Margot (2011-08-01). "The Niece". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
- "Character Is Action - Magazine". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
- "Masthead". Pshares.org. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
- "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.