Joyce Carol Oates was born in June, 1938 in New York. Oates published her first novel, With Shuddering Fall in 1964, when she was twenty-six years old. While a scholarship student at Syracuse University, she won the coveted Mademoiselle fiction contest. She graduated as valedictorian, then completed an MA at the University of Wisconsin. In 1968, she began teaching at the University of Windsor. In 1978, she moved to New Jersey to teach creative writing at Princeton University, where she is now the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.
Joyce Carol Oates had been nominated for numerous awards including the 1996 Boston Book Review’s Fisk Fiction Prize for Zombie; the 1996 PEN/ Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story; the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger Award for The Falls; the 2006 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize and the 2007 American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year.
Joyce Carol Oates lives in New Jersey, USA.