Joan Acocella has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1995. She served as the magazine’s dance critic from 1998 to 2019. She now writes mainly on books. Her own books include Mark Morris, a biographical/critical study of the choreographer; Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism; and Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder. She co-edited André Levinson on Dance: Writings from Paris in the Twenties and edited The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky, the first unexpurgated version in English. Her most recent book is Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints, a collection of essays. Much of this writing was done at The MacDowell Colony. She is currently at work on a biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov.