Carole Maso was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1955, the child of her jazz musician father and her emergency room nurse mother. She did not write creatively until her senior year at Vassar, when she submitted about 50 pages of prose poems as her senior honors thesis. It is at this point that she knew she wanted to be a writer. She is a contemporary American novelist and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic and fragmentary narratives often called postmodern. She received a B.A. in English from Vassar College in 1977. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, several NEA fellowships, and other grants. Her first published novel was “Ghost Dance”, which appeared in 1986. Her best known novels are “The Art Lover” and “Ava”. She is a professor of literary arts at Brown University, where she has taught since 1995, and has previously held positions as a writer-in-residence at Illinois State University in 1991–92 and George Washington University in 1992–93, as well as teaching writing at Columbia University in 1993-95.