Joyce Carol Oates

Heritage Moments: Farm girl at the Lockport library, 7-year-old Joyce Carol Oates discovers books

Aug 1, 2016
Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0

In all of world literature, few authors are as highly esteemed and abundantly prolific as Joyce Carol Oates. Several of her more than 40 novels and numerous short stories, essays, and poetry collections have won honors including the National Book Award, the O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize, and she herself was awarded the National Humanities Medal. From the early ’60s to today, her works have often been dark, brooding, even Gothic – but always revelatory and ineffably beautiful.


Buffalo is the setting for a new collection of fictional short stories about crimes and criminals. Buffalo Noir includes works from Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Tom Fontana, and others. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with co-editor Ed Park about the book, which was released earlier this month.