About the Author
Ann Pancake is a native of West Virginia. Her first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007), features a southern West Virginia family devastated by mountaintop removal mining. Based on interviews and real events, the novel was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007, won the 2007 Weatherford Prize, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award. Her collection of short stories, Given Ground (University Press of New England, 2001), won the 2000 Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA grant, a Pushcart Prize, and writing fellowships from the states of Washington, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Orion, The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. She earned her BA in English at West Virginia University and a PHD in English Literature from the University of Washington. Currently, she teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.