Joan Silber visiting Barnes & Noble for New York book signing.
Silber grew up in Millburn, New Jersey. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and obtained a M.A. degree from New York University. She taught at NYU and now teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and currently lives in New York City.
- Improvement (2017)
- The Size of the World (W.W. Norton, 2008)
- Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories (W.W. Norton, 2004)
- Lucky Us (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2001)
- In the City (Viking, 1987)
- Household Words (Penguin Books, 1980)
Short Story Collections
- Fools (W.W. Norton, 2013)
- In My Other Life (Sarabande Books, 2000)
Honors and awards
- 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Improvement
- 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction winner for Improvement
- 2004 Story Prize, finalist for Ideas of Heaven
- 2004 National Book Award, finalist for Ideas of Heaven 
- 1981 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner for Household Words
- Ploughshares > Authors & Articles > Joan Silber Biography
- The National Book Foundation > 2004 National Book Award Finalists > Joan Silber Biography
- Katie Tuttle (March 15, 2018). "National Book Critics Circle Announces Winners for 2017 Awards". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Lauren Mechling (January 19, 2005). "He Tells the Story Of the Story Prize". New York Sun. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- "National Book Awards – 2004". National Book Foundation. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum > The Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award > Current and Past Winners
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation > Current Fellows > Past Recipients > Joan Silber
- National Endowment for the Arts > Forty Years of Supporting American Writers > Past Fellowship Recipients Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine.