April 19, 1943
Canton, New York
|Occupation||Novelist, poet, illustrator|
|Alma mater||Bard College|
|Literary movement||Surrealism, postmodernism|
Ducornet's father was a professor of sociology, and her mother hosted community-interest programs on radio and television. Ducornet grew up on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, in New York, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the same institution in 1964. While at Bard she met Robert Coover and Robert Kelly, two authors who shared Ducornet's fascination with metamorphosis and provided early models of how fiction might express this interest. In 1972 she moved to the Loire Valley in France with her then husband, Guy Ducornet. In 1988 she won a Bunting Institute fellowship at Radcliffe. In 1989 she moved back to the United States after accepting a teaching position in the English Department at The University of Denver. In 2007, she replaced retired Dr. Ernest Gaines as Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Ducornet is the subject of the Steely Dan song "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen had met her while both were attending Bard College. Ducornet says they met at a college party, and even though she was both pregnant and married at the time, he gave her his number. Ducornet was intrigued by Fagen and tempted to call him, but she decided against it.
- Arts and Letters Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008)
- Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (2004)
- Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters (1998) 
- Critics Choice Award (1995) 
- Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1993)
- The Stain Chatto & Windus, London (1984); Grove Press, New York (1984); revised edition Dalkey Archive Press, Normal IL (1995)
- Entering Fire Chatto & Windus, London (1986); City Lights, San Francisco (1986)
- The Fountains of Neptune McClelland & Steward, Toronto (1989); Dalkey Archive Press, Normal, Illinois (1992)
- The Jade Cabinet Dalkey Archive Press, Normal, Illinois (1993)
- Phosphor in Dreamland Dalkey Archive Press, Normal, Illinois (1995)
- The Fan-Maker's Inquisition Henry Holt, New York (1999)
- Gazelle Alfred A. Knopf, New York (2003)
- Netsuke: a novel Coffee House Press, Minneapolis (2011)
- Brightfellow: a novel Coffee House Press, Minneapolis (2016)
- Short fiction collections
- The Butcher's Tales (1980)
- The Complete Butcher's Tales (1994)
- The Word 'Desire' (1997)
- The One Marvelous Thing (2008)
- From The Star Chamber (as "Rikki") Fiddlehead Poetry Books, Fredericton NB (1974)
- Wild Geraniums Actual Size Press, London (1975)
- Bouche a Bouche by Guy Ducornet & Rikki, Soror, Paris (1975)
- Weird Sisters (as "Rikki") Intermedia, Vancouver (1976)
- Knife Notebook (as "Rikki") Fiddlehead Poetry Books, Vancouver (1977)
- The Illustrated Universe (as "Rikki") Aya Press, Toronto (1979)
- The Cult of Seizure The Porcupine's Quill, Erin, Ontario (1989)
- The Monstrous and the Marvelous City Lights, San Francisco (1999)
- The Deep Zoo Coffee House Press, Minneapolis (2015)
- Anthologies edited
- Shoes & Shit: Stories for Pedestrians edited by Geoff Hancock & Rikki Ducornet, Aya Press, Toronto (1984)
- Children's books
- The Blue Bird Adaptation of Mme. D'Aulnoy's old French fairy tale, Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1970)
- Shazira Shazam and the Devil by Erica and Guy Ducornet, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (1972)
- Spanking the Maid by Robert Coover (1981)
- Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges (1983)
- Torn Wings and Faux Pas by Karen Elizabeth Gordon (1997)
- Horse, Flower, Bird by Kate Bernheimer (2010) 
- Ducornet, "Class of '64," in Rikki Ducornet, ed. G. N. Forester and M. J. Nicholls (Singapore: Verbivoracious Press, 2015), p. 85
- Gregory, Sindra. "Finding a Language: Introducing Rikki Ducornet" The Review of Contemporary Fiction Fall 1998.
- "Writers-in-Residence". 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- "The Burden of Strangeness: Rikki Ducornet". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- Sleeman, Elizabeth, ed. (2004) . International Who's Who of Authors and Writers (19th ed.). Europa Publications. p. 151. ISBN 1 85743 1790. ISSN 1740-018X.
- Bernheimer, Kate (24 August 2010). "Horse, Flower, Bird". Coffee House Press. Retrieved 2 October 2017 – via Amazon.