2019 Conference Program


Guided Tours – Starting at 10:15 a.m.

The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library
170 Central Park West
(at 77th Street)
New York NY 10024

Starting at 10:30 a.m.

The New York Public Library – The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue
(42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
New York NY 10018

New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY, 10037

Starting at 12 p.m.

The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York NY 10029

Readings – 5:15 p.m.

Fabbri Mansion
7 East 95th Street
New York, NY 10128

Evening Reception – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Fabbri Mansion
7 East 95th Street
New York, NY 10128


The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th streets

7:00-8:00        Registration and Breakfast

8:00-9:15        Opening Plenary

Welcome from Cathy Curtis and Kai Bird
David Remnick, Stacy Schiff, and Judith Thurman in conversation

9:30-10:30      Panels I

Adventures in the Archives
The Art, Craft, and Market for Young Readers’ Biographies
Telling Life Stories in Chaotic Times
Hidden Figures

10:45-11:45    Panels II

Fire Up Your Narrative
Funding Research
Biography in Search of Its Subject
International Identities

12:00-1:30      Lunch, Round Tables, and Coaching

1:45-3:00        Plenary

Presentation of Hazel Rowley Prize and Plutarch Award
BIO Award Keynote: James McGrath Morris

3:15-4:15        Panels III

Promoting Your Biography
Balancing an Artist’s Life and Work
The Study of Biography Today
Reckless Youth

4:30-5:30        Panels IV

First-time Biographers
Fact and Speculation
The Past, Present, and Future of Feminist Biography
Biography and Science

5:30-7:00        Closing Reception


SUNDAY, May 19

9:00-11:00      Workshops

Writing a Book Proposal: Jim Rutman
Creating Author Websites: Anne Boyd Rioux and Meredith Hindley
Working with Photographs in Biography: LeRonn Brooks
Revising Your Manuscript: David Groff