Born: November 6, 1952
Ohio connection: Birth
Cunningham was born in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. When still young his family moved to Europe for a while and eventually settled in California. Cunningham stayed in California through college, earning a degree in English literature from Stanford University. He later earned a Master of Fine Art from the University of Iowa. In 1984 Cunningham published his first novel, Golden States, which concerns an adolescent boy coming of age in southern California. His novel The Hours was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman. In addition to writing, Cunningham has produced a feature film and teaches creative writing at Brooklyn College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. His only nonfiction work, a travel book, is about Provincetown, where he and his partner own a home. They also have a residence in New York City.
1999 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Pen/Faulkner Award; 1995 and 1996 Lambda Literary Award for gay men's fiction; 1995 Whiting Writers’ Award; 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship; 1991 Irish Times-Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize nomination; 1988 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; 1982 University of Iowa Michener Fellowship.