Ann Beattie

2005 Rea Award Winner Ann Beattie
Photo: Sigrid Estrada

Ann Beattie was born in 1947, and raised in Washington DC. She received her B.A. from American University, where she majored in English. She completed an M.A. in English Literature at the University of Connecticut.

As a short story writer and novelist she has received critical acclaim for her depiction of the generation of Americans who grew up in the 1960’s. She has published eight collections of short stories, including Park City, What Was Mine, Where You’ll Find Me, The Burning House and the recently published Follies: New Stories. The Washington Post has called her “one of the era’s most vital masters of the short form.” She is also the author of seven novels, including The Doctor’s House, Another You and Picturing Will.

Her many honors include the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her stories have been included in three O’Henry Collections and John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century.

Ann Beattie is currently the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Virginia. Her forthcoming Lincoln Perry’s Charlottesville, is a collaboration with her husband, the painter Lincoln Perry.

Biographical information prepared the year of the award.