Karen Russell’s highly acclaimed 2011 novel Swamplandia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011, and a recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Her other work includes the short story collections St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and her most recent, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, praised by NPR as “one of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade.” Russell has been honored in The New Yorker’s list of the 20 best writers under the age of 40, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and by the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” program. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. Her stories have been featured in Best American Short Stories, Conjunctions, Granta, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Zoetrope. She is the recipient of the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Berlin Prize and was a spring 2012 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
The Janey Lack Readings are curated by the MFA students in creative writing in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program.