Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she reviews dance and books. Her books include Mark Morris, a critical biography of the choreographer, and Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. She edited the first unexpurgated edition of The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Her collection of essays Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints (2007) was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism, and it won the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research from the Congress of Research on Dance, and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. Before going to The New Yorker, she wrote for The New York Review of Books, Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The New York Times. She was a Guggenheim fellow in 1983, and the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2012.