Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Biography

Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of fifteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column “Men & Women” appears on the op-ed page of The New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. She serves on the Board of Trustees of PEN America. From 2011 to 2018, she served on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and also provided counsel for the TV series Transparent and I Am Cait. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first best-selling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally recognized advocate for human rights. She lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie. They have a son, Sean, and a daughter, Zai.

Buy Jennifer Finney Boylan’s latest book, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, on Amazon.

Photo Credit: Dan Haar


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