Barbara Kingsolver’s eleven books include novels, essay collections, short stories, poetry, an oral history, and most recently Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands. In 2000, Kingsolver received the National Humanities Medal, our nation’s highest award for service through the arts. Kingsolver grew up in Kentucky but has lived and worked in many parts of the world. She received degrees in biology before becoming a full-time writer. With her husband, Steven Hopp, an ornithologist and guitarist, she co-writes articles on science and natural history, and performs in a jazz band. Barbara, Steven, and their two daughters grow most of their own food on a farm in southern Appalachia.