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Bloom Reader & Interviewer Biographies
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023

Joyce Carol Oates

Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandra Life Achievement Award, the National Book Award,  and the 2019 Jerusalem Prize for Life Acheivement.  She has been nominated several times for the Pulitzer Prize.  She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national best sellers We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde; and the New York Times best seller, The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger.  In 2020, she was awarded the Cino Del Duca World Prize.  She has published 160 books of fiction, mystery and poetry.  Ms. Oates is the Roger S. Berlin '52 Professor of Humanities emerita at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

April Darcy - Interviewer

April Darcy's fiction can be found in Shenandoah, where she was the recipient of the Shenandoah River Fiction Prize, and her nonfiction can be found in Cutleaf and in North American Review, where she was a finalist for the Torch Nonfiction Prize. She was a semifinalist for the 2022 Halifax Ranch Prize at American Short Fiction and the 2022 Sewanee Review Fiction Prize, and has received fellowships from Writing by Writers, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, and BookEnds at Southampton Arts of Stony Brook University.


She received a 2020 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and a 2022 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, both in support of a novel in progress. She is represented by Sarah Bedingfield of Levine Greenberg Rostan, and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives and teaches creative writing in New Jersey.

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