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Donna Seaman

Connection to Illinois: Seaman lives in Chicago. Her radio show, ''Open Books'', is broadcast on WLUW in Chicago.

Biography: Donna Seaman is Editor, Adult Books for Booklist. A recipient of the Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing, the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, Seaman is a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, a frequent presenter at various literary events and programs, and an adjunct professor for Northwestern University’s MA in Writing and MFA in MFA in Prose and Poetry Programs. Seaman’s author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air and she is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

  • James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism; Pushcart Prize Special Mentions; Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing; Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Identity unknown :
ISBN: 9781620407585 OCLC: 953576480

Donna Seaman brings to life seven forgotten woman artists: Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Lois Mailou Jones, Ree Morton, Joan Brown, Christina Ramberg, and Lenore Tawney. These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance. Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects -- not makers -- of art--

Writers on the air :
ISBN: 1589880218 OCLC: 57579287

Paul Dry Books, Philadelphia : 2005.

A collection of the author's interviews from her Chicago-based radio program: Open books. They discuss their inspirations, their favorite books, their working and research habits. The author also connects each author's books with other writing, creating constellations of related books and ideas to introduce readers to writing they might not discover on their own.