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Ann Banks is a journalist and writer living in New York. She is founder of the website Confederates in My Closet, where she writes about race, history and her family.  She has written for many publications, including Smithsonian,The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, The Nation, and USA Today, where she served as a member of the Board of Contributors. Selections of her essays may be found at right and at Her travel writing has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, Arthur Frommer Budget Travel, The New York Times, Vogue, and Parents. She also has published eight books for children. 

She edited an anthology of oral histories from the Federal Writers Project, First Person America, and co-produced a radio series for National Public Radio on the same subject. Work on the book was supported by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. She received a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to write about military families. 

She has taught writing at Boston College, The New School University, and the School of Visual Arts. She is a board member and former president of the Writers Room, a writers' colony in New York City. She also is on the board of City Lore and the Coney Island History Project, and has served on the membership committee of PEN USA and as a judge for the National Book Awards.