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PAT CARR was born in Wyoming in an oil camp in the middle of nowhere, but she spent most of her adolescence and early adulthood in Texas. She has a B.A.(Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. from Rice, a Ph.D. from Tulane, and she’s taught literature and writing in colleges all across the South. She’s published sixteen books, including the Iowa Fiction Prize winner, The Women in the Mirror, and the PEN Book Award finalist, If We Must Die, and she’s had over a hundred short stories appear in such places as The Southern Review, Yale Review, and Best American Short Stories. Her latest short story collection, The Death of a Confederate Colonel, a nominee for the Faulkner Award, won the PEN Southwest Fiction Award, the John Estes Cooke Fiction Award, and was voted one of the top ten books from university presses for 2007 by Foreword Magazine. She’s won numerous other awards, including a Library of Congress Marc IV, an NEH, the Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award, an Al Smith Literary Fellowship, and a Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt Writing Fellowship in Lausanne, Switzerland. Pat Carr is the 2013 recipient of The Porter Fund Literary Prize presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. A writing text, Writing Fiction with Pat Carr appeared from High Hill Press in June, 2010, and her autobiography, One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life was published by Texas Tech University Press in December, 2010. Pat Carr's new novella, The Radianc of Fossils, came out in July 2012 with Main Street Rag Press. Her latest published work, Licoln, Booth, and Me: A Graphic Novel of the Assassination by Horatio, the Cat as told by Par Carr was published in May 2013 by El Amarna Publishing. She currently lives and writes on a thirty-six acre farm in Arkansas with her writer husband Duane Carr, a black cat, one black and two orange dogs, and seven black chickens.