Early life and education
He was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in Plainview, Long Island.
Kalfus started college at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, but dropped out after the first year. He attended various other universities including the New School for Social Research in Manhattan and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Kalfus started writing at an early age.
He is the author of several books, after beginning with publishing short stories. His most recent novel was A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (2006), a National Book Award nominee. His first novel was The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003), preceded by short story collections PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies (1999) and Thirst (1998). The latter three works were each chosen among the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He published his first book at the age of 44, and achieved favorable critical response.
Marriage and family
He is married to a journalist and has a daughter.
- Finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award
- Salon Book Award
- Pushcart Prize
- 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2009 Pew Fellowships in the Arts
- Dwight Garner, "The Salon Interview: Ken Kalfus", Salon/com, 23 Jul 1998, accessed 25 May 2009
- Three Stories, Madras Press, 2010
- Excerpt, Ken Kalfus, "Thirst", Milkweed Editions, 1998
- "Meet the Writers: Ken Kalfus", Barnes and Noble
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