An American writer of Great Depression-era, proletarian literature, she is known for such novels as To Make My Bread (1932) and A Sign for Cain (1935). The former work received the Gorky Prize in 1933.
She worked for the YMCA and organized a night school for farmers and their wives.
She moved to New York at the age of twenty-five and became involved in communist politics.
She and her ten siblings were born in Milledgeville, Georgia. She married Michael Intrator in 1931.
She and Rebecca West were both feminist writers.