Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, photo by Beth Garrabrant/Brydges Mackinney Agency
Joyce Carol Oates, photo by Beth Garrabrant/Brydges Mackinney Agency

Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize) and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls (winner of the prix Femina étranger) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. The 2006 reissue of her book On Boxing is a classic collection of essays that shows a vivid and realistic picture of the most controversial sport on earth.

Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award of Distinguished Service in literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Literary Award for lifetime achievement. She is a 2011 recipient of the President’s National Humanities Medal and the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. She is the 2019 recipient of the Jerusalem Prize and the 2015 recipient of the A.J. Liebling Award for Outstanding Boxing Writing from the Boxing Writers Association of America. She is currently teaching in the graduate writing program at New York University.


selected bibliography

Beautiful Days by Joyce Carol Oates
Beautiful Days: Stories (2018)
A Book of American Martyrs (2017)
On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates
On Boxing (2006)
Blonde (2000)

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online resources

Twitter @joycecaroloates
Celestial Timepiece, a Joyce Carol Oates Patchwork
“Sex, Lies and Subterfuge Roil Oates’s New Story Collection,” The New York Times, March 5, 2018
“The Deaths that Changed Joyce Carol Oates’ Life,”
 WNYC Interview, October 13, 2015

Video: Oates and Jonathan Santlofer at the San Francisco Public Library