Gabrielle Selz

Gabrielle Selz is the award-winning author of Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis (UC Press, 2021). Her previous book, Unstill Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction (Norton, 2014), received the best memoir of the year award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was a best book of the year at both San Francisco Chronicle and Berkeleyside.

Gabrielle has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, More Magazine, The Rumpus, and the L.A. Times. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction Magazine and her art criticism in Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Art & Object, and Newsday. She is a past recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction and is a Moth Story Slam Winner.

She earned her MA in Writing from City College in New York and her BA in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Oakland, California. | Email Gabrielle