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Karen Russell

Karen Russell, photo by Dan Hawk
Karen Russell, photo by Dan Hawk

Karen Russell is a Pulitzer-Prize finalist, as well as a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow. She has received the National Magazine Award for fiction twice, a Shirley Jackson Award, the Lattes Grinzane Prize, and the Bard Fiction Prize for her first story collection. She is the author of five books of fiction, most recently Sleep Donation and Orange World and Other Stories.

Her work has been published in Conjunctions, the New Yorker, New York Times, Harper’s, Zoetrope, and the New York Review of Books, and is frequently anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. With composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone and choreographer and director Troy Schumacher, she collaborated on BalletCollective’s genre-straddling work The Night Falls, and she is developing a new opera with Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek that will premiere in 2025.

Born and raised in Miami, Russell now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and daughter. Her new novel, The Antidote, is forthcoming from Knopf.


selected bibliography

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell
Sleep Donation (2020)
Orange World by Karen Russell
Orange World and Other Stories (2019)
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Swamplandia! (2011)
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (2007)

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online resources

Karen Russell’s website

Video: Russell at the AWP Book Fair