Joyce Carol Oates

American author. Born in Lockport, New York, Oates attended a one-room school-house and was the first in her family to complete high school before earning a scholarship to Syracuse University, where she graduated as valedictorian. She went on to earn an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University when she decided instead to devote her energies to writing. Since then she has written over 100 books, including more than fifty novels; dozens of short-story, essay, and memoir collections; and eleven volumes of poetry. Her countless honors include two O. Henry Awards for short stories, a National Book Award for the novel them (1969), and a host of Pulitzer Prize nominations, notably for the novel Blonde (2001) and her most recent short-story collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep (2015). Her latest novel is Jack of Spades (2015). See also web.usfca.edu/jco.