The 2024 BIO Conference is Now in Progress!

The 2024 BIO Conference is now underway at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. You can view the digital conference program here.

The following events and sessions will be live-streamed for virtual attendees:

Thursday, May 16, 2024

4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.: Member Readings: BIO members read excerpts from their recent biographies.

4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m.: Presentation Robert and Ina Caro Research/Travel Fellowships, the Chip Bishop Fellowship, the Francis “Frank” Rollin Fellowships, and the Hazel Rowley Prize

Friday, May 17, 2024

8:40 a.m.–9 a.m.: Welcome, Kai Bird (Leon Levy Center for Biography) and Steve Paul (Biographers International Organization)

9:00 a.m.–10 a.m.: James Atlas Plenary, Tamara Payne and Thulani Davis in conversation

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: Panels Session I, Basics: “What Editors Want Today”: Amanda Vaill (Jerome Robbins, by Himself), moderator; Bob Bender (Simon & Schuster), Rakia Clark (Mariner Books/HarperCollins), Charles Spicer (St. Martin’s).

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Panels Session II, “Merging Biography and Memoir”: Linda M. Grasso (Equal Under the Sky), moderator; Megan Marshall (Elizabeth Bishop), Marnie Mueller (The Showgirl and the Writer).

[12:30 p.m.–2 p.m. lunch break]

2 p.m.–3 p.m.: Presentation of Plutarch Award and BIO Award

3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m.: Panels Session III, Issues: “Intimacy and Boundaries”: Ruth Franklin (Anne Frank), moderator; Bill Goldstein (Larry Kramer), Kitty Kelley (Oprah), Abigail Santamaria (I Am Meg).

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.: Panels Session IV, Business: “Research Tips From Award-Winning Writers”: Laurie Gwen Shapiro (Amelia Earhart), moderator; Debby Applegate (Madam), Emily Nussbaum (Cue the Sun), Annalyn Swan (Francis Bacon: Revelations), Rachel Swarns (The 272).

We will share videos of livestreamed events with registrants several weeks after the conference.

Register here.