July 10, 1981 |
|Education||Coral Gables Senior High School|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University, Columbia University|
|Notable awards||MacArthur fellowship|
Karen Russell (born July 10, 1981) is an American novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. No prize for fiction was awarded that year. She was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" in 2013.
Russell, after graduation from Coral Gables Senior High School in Miami in 1999, received a B.A. in Spanish from Northwestern University in 2003 and graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University in 2006.
Her second book and first novel, Swamplandia!, about a shabby amusement park set in the Everglades, was long-listed for the Orange Prize 2011. It was also included in the New York Times' "10 Best Books of 2011," and won the New York Public Library's 2012 Young Lions Fiction Award.
In 2012, Swamplandia! was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. None of the three finalists, however, received enough votes, and no prize was awarded. Her short story "The Hox River Window," published in Zoetrope: All-Story, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction.
A collection of short stories by Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, was published in February 2013.
- St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Knopf. 2006. ISBN 978-0-307-26398-8.; Random House Digital, Inc. 2007, ISBN 978-0-307-27667-4
- Swamplandia!. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 2011. ISBN 978-0-307-26399-5.; Random House Digital, Inc., 2011, ISBN 978-0-307-26399-5
- Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories. Knopf. 2013. ISBN 978-0-307-95723-8.; Random House Digital, Inc., 2013, ISBN 978-0-307-96108-2
- Sleep Donation: A Novella. Atavist Books. 2014. ISBN 978-1-937-89428-3.; Atavist Books, 2014, ISBN 978-1-937-89428-3.
- "Karen Russell". August 2004. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
- "ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION ANNOUNCES 2011 LONGLIST". Retrieved 22 March 2011.
- "The 10 Best Books of 2011"
- "The American Academy Announces the 2011-2012 Class of Fellows"
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Karen Russell.|
- Random House Author Page
- 2011 podcast interview at The Bat Segundo Show
- "A Conversation with Karen Russell about her first novel, Swamplandia!", BookBrowse
- "Interview with Karen Russell: Author of St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves", In the Labyrinth, June 16, 2010
- "20 Under 40: Q. & A.Karen Russell", The New Yorker, June 14, 2010
- Willing Davidson (September 30, 2013). "This Weird Short Story I’ve Been Working On".
- Karen Russell at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Haunting Olivia
- ZZ's Sleep-Away Camp for Disordered Dreamers by Karen Russell
- The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis