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Joan Leiman Jacobson Nonfiction Writer in Residence
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Russ Rymer is the Joan Leiman Jacobson Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.
He was the 2009-10 Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2008-09 he was a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT. He has been a visiting professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, instructor at the California Institute of Technology and distinguished writer-in-residence at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.
Rymer served as editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine and executive editor of the Portland (Oregon) Monthly. He has been senior editor or staff writer for other national magazines and daily newspapers including Science '86, a monthly magazine published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Hippocrates; and The Sciences, a magazine published by the New York Academy of Sciences.
Rymer has contributed articles to major magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper's, Atlantic, Smithsonian, Vogue, Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and The Strad. He has written two books. Genie-A Scientific Tragedy (HarperCollins, 1993) was translated into six languages and transformed into a NOVA television documentary, received a 1995 Whiting Writers Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. American Beach—A Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory (HarperCollins, 1998) was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Researched Nonfiction and named a New York Times Notable Book.
Rymer has lectured on topics in creative nonfiction and journalism ethics to classes and forums at a number of colleges, including Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and Sciences Po Paris. He's discussed journalism subjects in many media appearances, including "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, "The Diane Rehm Show" and "The Today Show" with Katie Couric and in addresses before such groups as the National Association of Science Writers, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and the Commonwealth Club.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation appointed Rymer a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002.
Rymer's third book and first novel, The Battle of Sèvre-Babylone, will be published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.