Joyce Carol Oates is the author of numerous novels, including My Heart Laid Bare, Man Crazy, We Were the Mulvaneys (a 1996 New York Times "Notable Book of the Year"), What I lived For (nominated for the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award and a Pulitzer Prize), as well as collections of essays (most recently Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going), stories, poetry and plays.
Joyce Carol Oates received a National Book Award in 1970 for her novel, them. Because It Is Bitter, Because It Is My Heart was nominated for a National Book Award in 1990 and her most recent novel, Blonde, was nominated in 2000. Black Water was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award. Zombie was awarded the 1995 Lilla Risk Rand fiction prize by the Boston Book Review. In 1990, she was awarded the Rea Award for the Short Story, given to honor a living U.S. writer who has made a significant contribution to the short story as and art form.
She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lotus Club, and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. For many years her short stories have been included in the annual Best American Short Stories and the O'Henry Prize stories collections. She is the recipient of the 1996 PEN/Malamud Award for lifetime achievement in the short story form, joining such previous winners as William Maxwell, Grace Paly, and Peter Taylor.
Born in Lockport, New York, she was educated at Syracuse University and the University of Wisconsin. Joyce Carol Oates is married and lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where she is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.