Biographers International Organization (BIO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities to biographers and promotes charitable activities in the field of biography.

Activities of BIO include:

  • educating biographers on the art, craft, and business of biography
  • providing guidance on researching, writing, publishing, marketing and creating biographical works
  • providing resources to help with subjects, technology, agents, editors, publishers, and the demands of creating a biographical work
  • publishing both a monthly and a quarterly newsletter for in depth as well as general news, tips and features pertaining to biography
  • encouraging public interest in and appreciation for biography
  • offering assistance and support to biographers via awards and prizes
  • conducting conferences and public events on biography


A note from James McGrath Morris, co-founder of BIO:

“If you write biographies, or are thinking of writing one; if you make biopics, or are thinking of making one; if you produce radio documentaries on people’s lives, or are thinking of producing one; or, if you simply are a devoted reader of biographies, Biographers International Organization is the place for you. BIO is the only organization of its kind completely devoted to all aspects of the art and craft of biography.”



For a list of membership types and benefits, please visit here.


A Brief History of BIO

Biographers International Organization grew out of the passion of biographer James McGrath Morris, creator of The Biographer’s Craft, which is now BIO’s popular monthly newsletter. In the July 2008 issue of TBC, Morris wrote an “Open letter to biographers” expressing his vision for a grassroots organization devoted to the field biography and to both established and emerging biographers. On March 26, 2009, in a classroom at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY, fifty biographers gathered for the first formal meeting of “BIO” during which an Interim Board was established. The following year, an advisory council of noted biographers was formed for BIO, and the first Compleat Biographers Conference was held May 15, 2010 in Boston. Nine years later – and a decade after its spark in that classroom – on June 13, 2019 BIO received its IRS approval to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It serves biographers worldwide.


Gifts to BIO

Your gift will generously help support BIO’s awards and its advancement of the work of all biographers. Since BIO is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all gifts to BIO are tax deductible to the full extent authorized by law.