Gregg Hecimovich

Gregg Hecimovich
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Gregg Hecimovich is Hutchins Family Fellow at Harvard University and professor of English at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. 

He is the author of six books and edited volumes, including The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2023). Life and Times is a groundbreaking study of the first Black female novelist and her life as an enslaved woman, from the biographer who solved the mystery of her identity, with a forward by Henry Louis Gates Jr.. 

The Washington Post named The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts as “One of the 10 Best Books of 2023.” The work was also named a “Most Anticipated Title"" by the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal. 

In his Washington Post book review, the novelist Tope Farin writes of Life and Times: “Riveting . . . . The resulting story is an inspired amalgam of genres — part thriller, part mystery and part biography. What emerges is a tale of a woman who was determined to be the protagonist of her story, regardless of what her society had in store for her. . . .”

Gregg received his Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and elsewhere. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Christy Geiger, and two children, Soren and Trey Hecimovich.