Gail Caldwell is chief book critic at The Boston Globe, where she has been a staff writer and critic since 1985. From 1992 to 1995, she served as the Globe's book editor. Her reviews and essays have also appeared in the Village Voice, the Washington Post, the Atlanta-Constitution and other publications.
She is a nominator for the Irish Times Fiction Prize and has served several times on the fiction jury for the Pulitzer Prize; she was chair of the jury in 1995 and 1997. She has been a finalist in criticism for both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award.
She holds a Master of Arts in American studies from the University of Texas, where she was an instructor in American Studies until 1981. She was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1951, and currently lives in Allston, Massachusetts.