Sallie Bingham

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Sallie Bingham
Sallie Bingham with Red Car at a Harvard alumni arts club reading in NYC, November 10, 2010.
Sallie Bingham with Red Car at a Harvard alumni arts club reading in NYC, November 10, 2010.
Born (1937-01-22) January 22, 1937 (age 81)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Alma materRadcliffe College
Genreshort story, novel, poetry, drama, memoir

Sallie Bingham (born January 22, 1937) is an American author, playwright, poet, teacher, feminist activist, and philanthropist.She is the eldest daughter of Barry Bingham, Sr., patriarch of the Bingham family of Louisville, Kentucky which dominated the news media of the city and state for most of the 20th Century.

Sallie Bingham's first novel was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1961. It was followed by four collections of short stories; her latest, published by Sarabande Books in October 2011, is titled Mending: New and Selected Stories. She has also published six additional novels, three collections of poetry, numerous plays (produced off-Broadway and regionally), and the well-known family memoir, Passion and Prejudice (Knopf, 1989).

Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New Letters, Plainswoman, Plainsong, Greensboro Review, Negative Capability, The Connecticut Review, and Southwest Review, among others, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Forty Best Stories from Mademoiselle, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Bingham has worked as a book editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle. She is founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which published The American Voice, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Bingham has been married three times: to publisher A. Whitney Ellsworth, attorney Michael Iovenko, and contractor Tim Peters. She has three sons—film producer Barry Ellsworth, William Iovenko, and writer Christopher Iovenko—and five grandchildren. She currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


  • Passion and Prejudice (Knopf, 1989)
  • The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters (Sarabande Books, 2014)
Short stories
  • The Touching Hand (Houghton Mifflin, 1967)
  • The Way It Is Now (Viking Press, 1972)
  • Transgressions (Sarabande Books, 2002)
  • Red Car (Sarabande Books, 2008)
  • Mending: New and Selected Stories (Sarabande Books, 2011)
  • After Such Knowledge (Houghton Mifflin, 1960)
  • Small Victories (Zoland Books, 1992)
  • Upstate (Permanent Press, 1993)
  • Matron of Honor (Zoland Books, 1994)
  • Straight Man (Zoland Books, 1996)
  • Cory's Feast (Sunstone Press, 2005)
  • Nick of Time (Sunstone Press, 2007)
  • The High Cost of Denying Rivers Their Floodplain (privately published, 1995)
  • The Hub of the Miracle (Sunstone Press, 2006)
  • If in Darkness (Tebot Bach, 2010)
  • Milk of Paradise, two children adrift in a confusing world of distracted adults and too much poetry (The Women's Project and Productions, NY, 1980)
  • Couvade, a one-man show in which the actor gives birth on stage (Actors Theatre, Louisville, KY, 1981)
  • Paducah, a comedy about a love triangle in a small Kentucky town, in which the two women become best friends (The Women's Project and Productions, NY, 1983)
  • In the Presence, based on The Wall Between by renowned civil rights worker Anne McCarty Braden (Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, 1984; Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA, 1986)
  • Hopscotch, the history of four well-known Kentucky women, including the truths that are often left out (Horse Cave Theater, KY, 1986)
  • The Awakening, an adaptation of the novel by Kate Chopin (Horse Cave Theater, KY, 1988)
  • Treason, about how Ezra Pound betrayed the three women who loved him while on trial for betraying his country (Perry Street Theatre, NY, 2006)
  • A Dangerous Personality, about the renowned mystic and founder of Theosophy, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (The Women's Project, NY, 2008)
  • Best American Short Stories: 1959, eds. Martha Foley and David Burnett (Houghton Mifflin, 1959)
  • 40 Best Stories from Mademoiselle, 1935-1960, eds. Cyrilly Abels and Margarita G. Smith (Gollancz, 1960)
  • The Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology, ed. Jonathan D. Culler (Shenkman Books, 1966)
  • Identity: Stories for this Generation, ed. Katherine Hondius (Scott, Foresman and Co., 1966)
  • Prize Stories 1966: The O. Henry Awards, eds. Richard Poirier and William Miller Abrahams (Doubleday, 1966)
  • Solo: Women on Woman Alone, eds. Linda Hamalian and Leo Hamalian (Delacorte Press, 1977)
  • Here's the Story: Fiction with Heart, ed. Morty Sklar (The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1985)
  • American Wives: 30 Short Stories by Women, ed. Barbara Solomon (Signet, 1987)
  • New Stories by Southern Women, ed. Mary Ellis Gibson (University of South Carolina Press, 1989)
  • Playwriting Women: 7 Plays from the Women's Project and Productions, ed. Julia Miles (Heinemann Drama, 1993)
  • Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories, ed. Morris A. Grubbs (The University Press of Kentucky, 2001)
  • I to I, Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists, eds. Elizabeth Oakes and Jane Olmsted (Western Kentucky University, 2004)
  • The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State, ed. Wade Hall (University Press of Kentucky, 2005)
  • Imagine What It's Like, A Literature and Medicine Anthology, ed. Ruth L. Nadelhaft (University of Hawaii Press, 2008)
  • World Premieres from Horse Cave: Plays by Kentucky Writers, eds. Liz Bussey Fentress and Warren Hammack (MotesBooks, 2009)


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