The Saturday Evening Post Features Reflection from Celebrated Author Joyce Carol Oates

Indianapolis (August 20, 2012) – Making another spectacular appearance in The Saturday Evening Post, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates’s personal essay, “Quilts” is featured in the September issue. In this reflection, Oates shares memories of her mother as evoked by a quilt given to her by her mom more than three decades ago. Oates’ first short story for the Post “All the Beautiful Women” appeared in the June 29, 1968 issue.

Oates ranks among other renowned Post contributors including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London and Edgar Allan Poe. For centuries, the Post has been committed to publishing works from literary greats, and continues to seek out our generation’s finest writers.

“Joyce Carol Oates is an institution in American literature. Her prolific works of novels, short stories, poetry and fiction strike at the heart of The Saturday Evening Post’s mission,” remarked the Post’s Editorial Director Steven Slon. “Fifty years after her first contribution to the Post, we’re thrilled to have Oates return with this latest heartfelt short essay.”

Oates’ piece in the September issue takes readers on a journey through her memories of her mother and how she finds comfort in a cherished gift:

“The beautiful little quilt in all the colors of the rainbow has followed me from one residence to another. The same bed, in different bedrooms in different houses in different phases of my life … My mother has been absent from my life for nine years. Nine years! That seems so long, yet my memory of Mom is so vivid, I can glance up and ‘see’ her in the doorway of my study—I can ‘see’ the expression on her face, and (almost) hear what she is saying.”

The full article can be found in the September issue of The Saturday Evening Post or online at For more information, please contact Shawna Seldon at 917-971-7852 or [email protected]