Ira Wood is the author of three autobiographical novels: The Kitchen Man, Going Public, and (with Marge Piercy) Storm Tide— as well as his latest memoir-in-essays, You’re Married to Her? He is also coauthor with Marge Piercy of So You Want to Write, an award-winning book about the craft of writing fiction and memoir based on their popular course. As an experienced writing teacher, Wood has a knack for working with students to overcome their inner censor.
Praised for his “special gift for heartwarming comedy” (New York Times), his teaching emphasizes humor, expressing deeply personal material, and overcoming the difficulties of writing about family. He has written screenplays for Universal Pictures and his short pieces have been published in Ploughshares, Tikkun, and Utne Reader, among many other literary magazines.
For more than a decade, Wood and Piercy ran the Leapfrog Press, an internationally distributed boutique publishing company. He helped market every one of Leapfrog’s books and the small press’s titles received national media attention, some becoming regional best sellers, and best-of-the-year picks.
What People are Saying About Ira Wood
“Mr. Wood has a special gift for heartwarming comedy.”
—The New York Times Book Review