Paulette Bates Alden is the author of two collections of short stories: Feeding the Eagles, published by Graywolf Press, and Unforgettable, published in 2014 by Radiator Press; Crossing the Moon, a memoir published by Penguin; and the novel, The Answer to Your Question, which won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book of 2013 in the suspense category. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere.
Paulette was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former Stegner Fellow, she received her M.A. from Stanford, where she taught as a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing. For many years she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in memoir and fiction writing as an Edelstein-Keller Writer-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota, receiving a University College Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also taught creative writing at Carleton College as a Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor and at St. Olaf College, as well as workshops at the Key West Literary Seminar and the Madeline Island School of the Arts. In spring of 2013, she taught an online course for Stanford on Writing the Book-length Memoir. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award, and several Minnesota State Arts Board grants.
Alden lives in Minneapolis, where she is hard at work on a new novel.