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Lynda Barry, Award-winning cartoonist, author, and artist

Lynda Barry is a renowned painter, cartoonist, illustrator, writer, editor, commentator, and teacher. With her unconventional style and subject matter, she is widely credited with expanding the landscape of American comics.

Author of 21 books, Lynda has been described by the New York Times as "among this country's greatest conjoiners of words and images."

Lynda leads workshops and public talks and has received a plethora of awards and honors, including the MacArthur Fellowship (commonly known as the "genius grant"), two Eisner Awards, and the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society. She was inducted into the Cartoonist's Hall of Fame in 2016.

An associate professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lynda holds the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art. Her stage adaptation of her first novel, The Good Times Are Killing Me, was produced off-Broadway and has since been performed throughout North America. Her graphic novel One! Hundred! Demons! was chosen as a Stanford University common reading title in 2008.

Lynda was a commentator for NPR and had regular monthly features in Esquire, Mother Jones, Mademoiselle, and Salon.

Lynda's Writing the Unthinkable workshop—designed for non-writers—was the subject of a New York Times Magazine article and is the basis for her award-winning book What It Is.

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Upcoming Program

Personal Growth
The BOX Sessions
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Join award-winning writer Laura Holson hosting a weekend with wildly popular The Moth radio show and podcast, cooking sensation Samin Nosrat, director Jon M. Chu, MacArthur “genius grant” winner Lynda Barry, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and an original group of Oscar winners and world-class artists. In workshops and breakout sessions, you will explore your sense of wonder and curiosity, experience the power of community, and learn that you are a creative person—perhaps in dimensions you never realized.

Past Program