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), both of which were edited by Gordon Lish. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978, and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984. She passed away December 13, 2017.