Jill McCorkle has written ten books of fiction including Life After Life, Going Away Shoes, Creatures of Habit, Carolina Moon, and Ferris Beach. Her books have been named New York Times Notables five times. McCorkle has won the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. McCorkle is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, composed of 50 active writers who were born and raised or have resided for a significant part of his or her life in the South, or have written works that in character and spirit embody aspects of the Southern experience. McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis, where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years, where she also chaired Creative Writing. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at NC State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars. She is a frequent instructor in the Sewanee Summer Writers Program. She lives with her husband, photographer Tom Rankin, in Hillsborough, NC.