Born: August 15, 1941
Ohio connection: Birth
Carol Ascher was born August 15, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, a few weeks after her parents, Paul (a psychoanalyst) and Ellen Bergman arrived in the United States after fleeing Nazi Europe. Ascher grew up with the small town comforts of the Midwest (Topeka, Kansas) hearing the dark memories of her parents and other refugees. She attended Vassar College, 1959-61 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Barnard College in 1963. She also attended the School of Visual Arts, 1968-69 and earned an Anthropology and Education Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1974. Her career includes writing, teaching and researching. She married Phillip Lopate in 1964 (divorced June, 1970) and married Robert Pittenger in 1982. She has published works under the name Carol Lopate as well as Carol Ascher.
A total of 4 PEN/National Endowment for the Arts Syndicated Short Fiction Awards; New York State Creative Artists' Public Service Award, 1984, for The Flood; PEN/New York State Creative Artists' Award, 1984; Blueline award for best short fiction, 1985; Women's Quarterly Review honorable mention for best fiction, 1986.