Margaret Vandenburg was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, the rattlesnake capital of the western world. She lived abroad for a few years, first in South Africa and then in France, before settling in New York, which has been her home for the last thirty years. Having completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University, she traveled across Broadway to Barnard College, where she is a Senior Lecturer in English specializing in Modernism and Postmodernism.
Margaret is the author of the novels The Home Front, a portrait of a family facing autism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction, an Iraq War requiem. Previous publications span a wide range of genres, including historical fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism. She also wrote the libretto for Ada, an opera underscoring Lord Byron’s influence on his daughter’s invention of the first computer language, which was most recently presented by the Center for Contemporary Opera.