Mary Caponegro

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Mary Caponegro is an American
United States
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 experimental fiction writer whose collections include Tales from the Next Village, The Star Cafe, Five Doubts, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down. Her stories appear regularly in Conjunctions
Conjunctions, is a biannual American literary journal based at Bard College. It was founded in 1981 and is currently edited by Bradford Morrow....

 and in other periodicals. She was awarded the Rome Prize in Literature in 1992, and is also the recipient of The General Electric Award for Younger Writers, the Bruno Arcudi Prize, and the Charles Flint Kellog Award in Arts and Letters. She has taught at Brown University
Brown University
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, RISD, the Institute of American Indian Arts
Institute of American Indian Arts
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, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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 and Syracuse University
Syracuse University
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. She is the Richard B. Fisher Family Professor of Writing and Literature at Bard College
Bard College
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. Her work has been praised for its syntactic complexity and its surreal, fabulist content.


  • Tales from the Next Village (Lost Roads, 1985)
  • The Star Cafe (Scribner, 1990)
  • Five Doubts (Marsilio, 1998)
  • The Complexities of Intimacy (Coffee House, 2001)
  • All Fall Down (Coffee House, 2009)

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