Daniel Woodrell was born in Missouri. A high school dropout who joined the marines at seventeen, he later earned a BA from the University of Kansas and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The author of eight novels, mostly set in the Ozarks, he coined the term country noir to describe his writing. Woodrell’s sixth novel, Tomato Red (reprinted in 2010), won the 1999 PEN USA award for fiction. The film version of his eighth novel, Winter’s Bone, was nominated for four Academy Awards.