Last week, the Biographers International Organization (BIO) announced Megan Marshall as the winner of its 13th annual BIO Award, bestowed annually “to a distinguished colleague who has made major contributions to the advancement of the art and craft of biography.”
Marshall is the author of three biographical works: The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.
Marshall called the award “an astonishing and unexpected honor, and deeply meaningful.”
I remember the first presentation [of the award] to Jean Strouse, whose example led me into biographical work… and now all through the years, such great exemplars of the craft have been awarded this prize. To think of joining their distinguished company is quite overwhelming.
Previous honorees include David Levering Lewis, Hermione Lee, Stacy Schiff, Ron Chernow, and Robert Caro.