Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Larissa MacFarquhar is a staff writer at The New Yorker, since 1998, where she has written profiles of poet John Ashbery, novelist Hilary Mantel, linguist Noam Chomsky, candidate Barack Obama, and many others. She is the author of Strangers Drowning: Grappling With Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help, a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. MacFarquhar’s articles have won Front Page Awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York and have been included in the Best American Political Writing and Best American Food Writing anthologies. She has been a Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford and a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.