Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2011. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a former fellow of the NYPL Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin.
Russell graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Born and raised in Miami, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and daughter.