Paulette Bates Alden is the author of two collections of short stories: Feeding the Eagles and Unforgettable; Crossing the Moon, a memoir; and The Answer to Your Question, a novel. 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 at the University of Minnesota, where she received 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 many workshops at the Key West Literary Seminar and an online book-length memoir course for Stanford. She is the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award, and several Minnesota State Arts Board grants.
Alden lives in Greenville, S.C., and Key West, Florida. She has just completed a new novel, Willie Earle, based on a 1947 lynching in Greenville.