Julie Orringer is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of two award-winning books: The Invisible Bridge, a novel, and How to Breathe Underwater, a collection of stories. She is a graduate of Cornell University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has taught fiction writing at Iowa, Stanford, Columbia, Michigan, NYU, and Brooklyn College.
Orringer’s stories have appeared in the Paris Review, the Yale Review, the Washington Post, Ploughshares, and McSweeney’s, and have been widely anthologized. Her novel and story collection were named New York Times Notable Books and were selected as Best Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post; they have been translated into fifteen languages. Her novel is being adapted for film by Lajos Koltai.
Orringer lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on a novel about Varian Fry, the New York journalist who went to Marseille in 1940 to save writers and artists blacklisted by the Gestapo.