Annie Proulx, the oldest of five girls, was born in 1935 in Connecticut. As a young woman, she weathered two terrible marriages and struggled as a single mother to support her children. Her short story collection, Heart Songs and Other Stories, was published in 1988, followed by her first novel, Postcards, which won the 1993 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The Shipping News was named one of the Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and Best Books of 1993 by Publishers Weekly and won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the 1993 National Book Award, and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. Annie lives in Vermont and Newfoundland, but spends much of the year traveling throughout North America. She has held NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships and residences at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Annie's latest book is Close Range: Wyoming Stories.