Joy Williams is the author of novels, short story collections, and Ill Nature, a collection of essays that was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In 2001, her novel The Quick and the Dead was a Pulitzer Prize runner-up. Among her many awards are the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Rea Prize for Short Fiction and the Strauss Living Fund. In 2008, she was elected to the Academy. Williams splits his time between Tucson and Laramie, Wyoming.