Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940)

Writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. A novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Mason is also the author of a biography, Elvis Presley (2002). Mason grew up in western Kentucky on a farm near Mayfield. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1962, she received advanced degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Connecticut. Mason writes mostly about the lives of working people in rural Kentucky. Her novels and short story collections include In Country (1985), Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail (2002), An Atomic Romance (2005), Nancy Culpepper (2006), and The Girl in the Blue Beret (2011).