Bobbie Ann Mason is best known for Shilo and Other Stories and the novels In Country and The Girl in the Blue Beret. Her many awards include the PEN/Hemingway Award; the Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Southern Book Critics Circle Award; and the Kentucky Book Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

 Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Ploughshares, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review, Story, Five Points, and other publications, and it has been featured in Best American Short Storis, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and other collections. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Mason was writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky (2001-2011), and she is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN America, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She lives in Kentucky.