Joyce Carol Oates, the author most recently of the novels The Gravedigger's Daughter and Black Girl, White Girl, is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and other literary honors. She is one of our country's leading fiction writers. In addition, she is also a distinguished poet, playwright, and essayist who has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. At Princeton University, she holds the Roger S. Berlind 52 Professorship in the Humanities and is a Professor of Creative Writing in the University Center for Creative and Performing Arts. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction in 1968 and has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1997.