Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York, on June 16, 1938. A prolific writer of short stories, novels, essays, and poems, Oates has received the O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature, and the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel them (1969). Oates is interested in realism and violence, often taking inspiration from actual people and events. Among her most notable works are A Garden of Earthly Delights (1963), We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), and Blonde (2000). In 1974, Oates founded The Ontario Review, later Ontario Review Books publishing house, with her husband Raymond J. Smith. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor Emerita of the Humanities at Princeton University and visiting professor of short fiction at the University of California, Berkeley.