Robert Coover was born in 1932, in Charles City, Iowa. He attended Southern Illinois University, Indiana University, and University of Chicago. His many awards include the William Faulkner Foundation Award for The Origin of the Brunists, REA Award for the Short Story, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Clifton Fadiman Medal for Pricksongs & Descants, and Independent Press Storyteller of the Year, 2006. His most recent book is The Brunist Day of Wrath. He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island, and Barcelona.