Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason (fiction) saw her first book, Shiloh and Other Stories, win the PEN/Hemingway Award and receive nominations for several other awards. Her first novel, In Country, is taught widely in classes and her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her newest novel is The Girl in the Blue Beret. George Saunders wrote the introduction to her latest book, Patchwork, a reader containing selections from her stories, novels, and essays. Her fiction has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, and many other publications. Her story Shiloh is widely anthologized. Her novel In Country was made into a film by Norman Jewison with Emily Lloyd and Bruce Willis. Mason has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA grant, an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and two Southern Book Critics Circle Awards. Her novel Feather Crowns was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She also wrote a biographical essay, Elvis Presley; a novel, An Atomic Romance; and two other collections of stories, Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail and Nancy Culpepper. She belongs to the Authors Guild, PEN, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Mason lives in Kentucky and is the former writer in residence at the University of Kentucky. Photo by Pam Spaulding