Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit, as well as the Art of Memoir, and five poetry collections, most recently Tropic of Squalor. Her many awards include an NEA, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, and a Guggenheim. She is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Poetry magazine. Karr is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University and she lives in New York City. She received a Whiting Award in Poetry in 1989.