Daphne Athas is well known in the literary world as a prolific author and well-respected creative writing teacher. She has published four novels, several nonfiction books, a poetry collection, a play, and numerous essays, review and articles. Her 1971 novel, Enter Ephesus, was named one of the best books of the year by Time Magazine. Her latest book, Gram-O-Rama: Breaking the Rules, a maverick grammar text, addresses the gap between classic grammar and cyber sound-byte language through hearing, word-play, and performance art. She is the recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts awards and two Sir Walter Raleigh awards. She also has been honored with the Pushcart Prize, New American Writers Award and the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities award.
She was a Lecturer in the Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1968 until her retirement in 2009. She lives in Chapel Hill, next door to the home she describes building with her family and friends in Chapel Hill in Plain Sight.