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Gail Collins

35th annual Key West Literary Seminar

Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics
January 12–15, 2017

Gail Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an Op-Ed columnist. In 2001 she was appointed editorial page editor – the first woman to hold that post at the Times.

In 2007, she stepped down to finish her book: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned as a columnist in time to cover the 2008 presidential election.

Ms. Collins is also the author of America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, and four other books: As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, a biography of William Henry Harrison, Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, and The Millennium Book, which she co-authored with her husband, Dan Collins. She is currently at work on a history of older women in America.

Before joining the Times, Ms. Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday, the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International.

She is a graduate of Marquette University, and has a master’s degree in government from the University of Massachusetts. Since 2013, Ms. Collins has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Her columns appear every Thursday and Saturday and The Conversation, her weekly discussion with David Brooks, appears every Wednesday.

Selected Bibliography

As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (2012)
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
(2009)
America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines (2003)
Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics (1998)

Online Resources

Gail Collins New York Times column
Gail Collins page at NPR
WNYC Interview

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