About the Author

Joan Silber was raised in New Jersey and received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing with Grace Paley. She moved to New York after college and has made it her home ever since. She holds an M.A. from New York University.

Her first book, the novel Household Words, was published in 1980 and won the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has published five other books of fiction, In the City , In My Other Life , Lucky Us , Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize, and The Size of the World , finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction and one of the Seattle Times’ ten best books of fiction of 2008. In the summer of 2009 she published a nonfiction book in Graywolf Press’ “The Art of” series, The Art of Time in Fiction.

Her new book of fiction, Fools, published in spring 2013 by Norton, was on the Long List for the National Book Award and nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

She’s been the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her short fiction has been chosen for an O. Henry Prize three times--most recently in the 2013 collection--and twice for a Pushcart Prize. Stories have appeared in The New Yorker,Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and other magazines. Recent stories appear in Epoch, Agni, and Northwestern Review.

Joan teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She’s also taught at New York University, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, the University of Utah, Boston University, and the 92nd Street Y. Her summer teaching has included conferences at Napa Valley, Bread Loaf, Indiana University, Manhattanville College, Stonecoast, Aspen, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Joan lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with her dog, Lucille, and she travels as often as she can, with a particular interest in Asia.