Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980) was born in Indian Creek, Texas. She began her writing career as a reporter, working for newspapers in Texas and Colorado. She moved to New York City in 1918 and spent the next six years living primarily in Mexico doing freelance writing. She wrote her first short story, “Maria Conception” (1922), while living in Mexico, and it drew critical acclaim. Among Porter’s most noted works are several short story collections: Flowering Judas (1929), Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939), and The Leaning Tower (1944). Her only novel, Ship of Fools, which she wrote over a thirty-year period, was published in 1962. In 1965, her Collected Stories received a National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the Gold Medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
EMC is proud to feature the work of Katherine Anne Porter within Mirrors & Windows. Porter's short story, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall", is featured in Unit 6 of Mirrors & Windows Level 6/Grade 11. Here is a sample from the Student Edition: