Sallie Bingham published her first novel with Houghton Mifflin in 1961 and is the author of over ten books, most recently the short story collection Red Car (Sarabande, 2008). Her newest collection of stories is entitled Mending and will be published by Sarabande in October 2011. Bingham has been Book Editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal, publisher for The American Voice since 1985, founder of Santa Fe Stages, and a director of the National Book Critics Circle.
In 1985 she founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Among the first foundations nationwide for women, KFW supports individual artists and organizations working for social justice in Kentucky. Since its inception the foundation has provided financial support to feminists of different backgrounds and disciplines and currently grants $200,000 each year to promote social change through feminist art. Bingham has served on the KFW Board of Directors for over 20 years.
Bingham believes that documenting women's lives and work is crucial for women to attain equal rights and respect. To further demonstrate her dream, she established the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women's History at Duke University. Her Passion and Prejudice: A Family Memoir was published by Knopf in 1989.