Hilma Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and now lives in Manhattan. A self-termed “late bloomer”, her first novel, Ending, was published when she was 44. (“For a while I was billed as The Great Middle-Aged Hope.”) Fourteen books later, her most recent novel, An Available Man, was published in 2012.
Wolitzer has taught in many creative writing programs, including the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Columbia University and N.Y.U., and has received honors and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
She is the mother of two grown daughters, Nancy (a freelance editor and artist) and novelist Meg Wolitzer.