Born in France in 1928, Federman emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. He holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from U.C.L.A. and is presently the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Literature at SUNY-Buffalo.

His many books include Among the Beasts (1967), Double or Nothing (Swallow Press, 1971, winner of the Frances Steloff Fiction Prize and The Panache Experimental Fiction Prize), Take It or Leave It (Fiction Collective, 1976), The Voice in the Closet (Coda Press, 1979), The Twofold Vibration (Indiana University Press & Harvester Press Ltd., 1982), Smiles on Washington Square (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985, winner of The American Book Award), To Whom It May Concern (The Fiction Collective Two, 1990); La Fourrure de ma Tante Rachel (written in French, Editions CircÚ, Paris, 1996). His novels have been translated into German, Italian, French, Hungarian, Polish, Serbian, Rumanian, Hebrew, Dutch, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese.

He is the recepient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction. In 1989-1990, he was invited by DAAD (The Berlin Artist Program) to spend a year in Berlin as Writer-in-Residence. During that year, DAAD published in a bilingual edition a collection of experimental poetry and prose entitled Playtexts/Spieltexte, and The Stopover Press in Berlin published Duel/Duel, a trilingual volume of recent poems.

Besides this exclusive Electronic Reprint of VOICE IN THE CLOSET, you can order the VOICE IN THE CLOSET CD from the VOYS label by sending email to Erik Belgum here. An Alt-X interview with Federman conducted by Mark Amerika is available in The Write Stuff. Federman has his own home-page at his own domain name where you can find many more writings by the founder of the Surfiction writing style.