Joyce Carol Oates is one of America’s most versatile, serious writers, the author of a number of distinguished books in several genres, all published within the past thirty years.  In addition to numerous novels and short story collections, she has published numerous volumes of poetry, plays, literary criticism, and a book-length essay On Boxing

Her writing has earned her much praise and many awards, including the 2005 Prix Femina, France’s literary prize for the best novel published in their country, 2004 Fairfax Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts, PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in short fiction, the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy – Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O’Henry Prize for Continued Achievement in the Short Story, and the National Book Award for her novel Them.   She has been nominated for the Nobel Prize three times.

In 2010 Ms. Oates was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

Her forthcoming works include:  Mudwoman, a novel (March 2012) and Black Dahlia & White Rose, stories (June 2012) 

Most recent publications include: Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (2011),  A Widow’s Story: A Memoir (2011), In Rough Country (2010), Sourland: Stories (2010),  A Fair Maiden (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009), Little Bird of Heaven  (Ecco Press 2009), New York Times bestseller The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Dear Husband, (Ecco Press March 2009), and The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction selected by Joyce Carol Oates and Christopher R. Beha (Ecco/HarperPerennial 2008).

Black Water was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

In January 2001 We Were The Mulvaneys was selected as an Oprah Book of the Month.

Joyce Carol Oates is also a playwright whose plays have been performed widely in the United States and abroad.  She has been involved with student productions and readings of her plays at Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, Brown University, and the Los Angeles Theatre Academy.  Along with meeting with creative writing students, she has also met with theater students.  Her plays have been collected in Twelve Plays, The Perfectionist And Other Plays, and New Plays (1998).  In spring 1999 her full-length play The Passion Of Henry David Thoreau was produced by the Northwestern University Drama School.  She also wrote the libretto for an opera made of her novel Black Water, most recently performed at L.A. Theater Works.

Recent works of poetry include The Time Traveller (Dutton) and The Invisible Woman (Ontario Review).

Born in upstate New York in 1938, Joyce Carol Oates received her B.A. from Syracuse University in 1960 and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961.  She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. 

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