Katherine Ann Porter, born May 15, 1890 in Texas, died September, 1980 in Maryland, was a Pulitzer Prize- winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. She was known for her penetrating insight and her work with dark themes such as betrayal, death, and the origin of human evil.
She was married and divorced four times. For ten years she taught at four universities, one of which was Stanford. Her unconventional manner of teaching made her popular with students. ( wikipedia.org)