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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestsellers The Accursed and The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Her latest work is The Sacrifice, a novel told in multiracial voices that explores the effects of racial tension on society.
As part of her stay at Stanford as the Stein Visiting Writer during Winter 2015, Joyce Carol Oates will teach a fiction course to undergraduates. This seminar is made possible with the generous support of Isaac and Madeline Stein.