Carol Bly was a critically acclaimed short story writer and essayist. She was the author of many books, including The Passionate, Accurate Story, a writing guide; My Lord Bag of Rice: New and Selected Stories; and an essay collection, Letters from the Country. She was a frequent and respected lecturer at conferences of the National Council of Teachers of English, Associated Writing Programs, and the National Association of Social Workers. She lived in St. Paul, Minnesota.
"Bly provides excellent discussions...of the writer's craft, but she also delves deeper.... She excels at coaxing writers...toward a larger vision of life and literature."-The Plain Dealer on The Passionate, Accurate Story