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Nellie Hermann, M.F.A.

Faculty Affiliate, Narrative Medicine; Creative Director, Columbia Narrative Medicine; Lecturer, Narrative Medicine; Course Director, Narrative Medicine Certificate

Nellie Hermann, recipient of a 2016 NEA literature fellowship, is a co-author of Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her first novel, The Cure for Grief (Scribner, 2008), received national acclaim and was chosen as a Target “Breakout” book. Her short fiction has appeared in Glimmer TrainThe Five Fingers Review, and Blunderbuss, and her nonfiction has appeared in an anthology about siblings, Freud’s Blind Spot (Free Press, 2010), The Paris ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and Academic Medicine. Her second novel, The Season of Migration, about the early life of Vincent van Gogh (FSG: 2015), was an Editors' Choice by The New York Times.


  • M.F.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Brown University


  • The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Craig Irvine, Eric Marcus, Edgar Rivera Colón, Danielle Spencer, Maura Spiegel. New York:Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • The Season of Migration. Nellie Hermann. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
  • The Cure for Grief. Nellie Hermann. New York: Scribner, 2008.