Frank Conroy was born in 1936 to a Danish mother and an American father. His father, a manic-depressive, died young, and Conroy was raised by his mother and stepfather in New York City and central Florida. He sold his first short story while a senior at Haverford College. His first book, Stop-Time, was published to great acclaim in 1967 and has never gone out of print. Since then he has published four more books: a collection of stories, Midair, a novel, Body and Soul, a collection of essays, Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now, and most recently a short book about his longtime island home, Nantucket: Time and Tide. His essays and articles have appeared in Esquire, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and other magazines. He has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations and the National Council of the Arts, served as the chair of the literature program of the National Endowment for the Arts, played squash with Norman Mailer and piano with Charles Mingus and the Rolling Stones, once ran a pool table twice in a row (twenty-three balls pocketed) and has been director of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa since 1987. Conroy will retire in 2005 to Nantucket, where he and his wife, Maggie, met during an island winter, and where his three sons and three grandchildren still visit every summer.