American nonfiction writer. Upon graduating from Hampshire College, Biss moved to New York City, where she taught in public schools for several years before leaving to earn an M.F.A. degree in the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program. Since then she has published three books:
The Balloonists (2002), a collection of autobiographical prose poems; Notes from No Man's Land (2009), a volume of essays about race in America; and On Immunity: An Inoculation (2014), an exploration of vaccination, vampires, and the value we place on health. Acknowledging the influence of poets Adrienne Rich and Sylvia Plath, Biss has written: "I count that as one of the reasons why I tend to think of personal narrativeparticularly when it concerns the body or domesticityas a perfectly viable space for intellectual exploration." See also eulabiss.net.