Her sheer gifts as a writer nonetheless place her in a lonely league of achievement.
-New York Times
Bette Howland’s work has been described variously as nonfiction, autobiography, short stories, "a first-class novel," chronicles. She describes it this way: You don’t use a form. That’s the whole trouble. You find a form....When people worry whether something is fiction or nonfiction, they are worrying about how much invention there is. They should be worrying about how much imagination there is. Imagination is the only way of experiencing life. Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, a selection of her stories, will be Howland’s first book in more than thirty years.
Bette Howland was born in 1937, in a working-class Jewish neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. Her first book, W-3, was published in 1974. She is also the author of Blue in Chicago (1978) and Things to Come and Go (1983). She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978, and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A writer of unusual talent, power, and intelligence. Bette Howland has revealed from the start a vigorous, original voice, an incisive mind and an uncompromised lyrical vision.
–New York Times