Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and most recently, Some Luck, Early Warning and Golden Age, which comprise The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction—including 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, a literary tribute to fiction writing that invites readers along on her mission to read and reread 100 classic novels, examining her own process along the way--and a series of books for young adults.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and earned an MA (1975), MFA (1976), and PhD (1978) from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1981 to 1996 she was a Professor of English at Iowa State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops, and continuing to teach there even after relocating to California.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.