Margot Livesey

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Margot Livesey
Born1953 (age 64–65)
OccupationNovelist, writer

Margot Livesey (born 1953) is a Scottish born writer. She is the author of eight novels, numerous short stories, and essays on the craft of writing fiction.

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.[1][2] She was formerly the Fiction Editor at Ploughshares, an American literary journal.[3] Livesey served as a judge for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction in 2012.[4]

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[edit]


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


  1. ^ Livesey, Margot (2011-08-01). "The Niece". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  2. ^ "Character Is Action - Magazine". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  3. ^ "Masthead". 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.

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