Signe Hammer

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Signe Hammer has published nonfiction books, poetry, short stories, personal essays and dozens of articles and reviews. She has been an editor at a Hearst magazine, the Atlantic Monthly Press and Harper & Row. She has written website documentation for a corporate intranet, speeches for a corporate CEO, and internal communications for the Information Technology department of a Fortune 500 corporation. As a performer, she was a founding member of Meredith Monk’s avant-garde dance-theatre company, The House.

Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and Playgirl; her poetry in Fiction and the New England Review, her personal essays in the Village Voice and Working Woman. She has given readings of her own work at numerous venues, from the Knitting Factory, the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe and Dixon Place in NYC to various colleges and universities.

Her articles have ranged in subject from experimental theatre to chaos theory and the neurobiology of the brain; from women’s sports and family relationships to Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees in Tanzania. They have appeared in such national publications as the Village Voice, Science Digest, Travel Holiday, Ms., Mademoiselle, Parade and the San Francisco Examiner.

Ms. Hammer has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New York University, where she received an Award for Teaching Excellence, and has lectured at Bank Street College of Education and the New York Academy of Sciences.

She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, grew up mainly in the Philadelphia suburbs and has a BA from Wellesley College. She is a long-time member of The Writers Room, an urban writer’s colony in New York City, and has also been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center and Ledig House. She makes her home in Manhattan.

Selected Works

By Her Own Hand:
Memoirs of a Suicide’s Daughter

“A fascinating and disturbing memoir...subtle, lucid and complex.”
--New York Times Book Review
Passionate Attachments: Fathers and Daughters in America Today
Every woman’s first, most influential relationship with a man. “Compelling.”
--New York Times Book Review
Daughters and Mothers, Mothers and Daughters
How this lifelong relationship profoundly shapes both mothers and daughters; “Revealing and enlightening.”
--Los Angeles Times

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