Kirsten Menger-Anderson

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Kirsten Menger-Anderson (born December 6, 1969 in Santa Cruz, California) is an American fiction writer. Her first book, a collection of linked short stories titled Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain, was published by Algonquin Books in 2008. A number of the collected stories have also appeared in literary journals, such as Ploughshares and the Southwest Review. Menger-Anderson has a degree in Economics from Haverford College and an MA in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University. She previously held positions at and Menger-Anderson currently lives in an old Victorian house in San Francisco with her husband and children. Her grandfather is the mathematician Karl Menger.


  • Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain, a collection of linked short stories, Algonquin, September, 2008 ISBN 978-1-56512-561-2
  • Salk and Sabin, a short story, Ploughshares, Issue #106 Vol. 34/2&3 Fall 2008
  • The Doctors, a short story, Post Road, Issue 16 Fall/Winter 2008 ISBN 0-9778552-4-4
  • The Baquet, a short story, Southwest Review, Volume 89, Number 2 & 3, 2004
  • Reading Grandpa’s Head, a short story, Maryland Review, Volume 1 Fall 2004
  • The Story of Her Breasts, a short story, Plaztik Press, 2004
  • Kathleen, a short story, Pindeldyboz, 2003
  • Blue Glow, a short story, Lynx Eye, Volume X Number 4 Fall 2003
  • Gretle, a short story, Wascana Review, Volume 36, Number 2 Fall, 2001

Critical acclaim[edit]

Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award.[1] It was selected as one of 2008’s best books by the Sun Sentinel Books editor, Chauncey Mabe[2] and was included in Chicago Time Out’s “Top 10 for 2008” as well as SEED Magazine’s top picks for 2008.[3][4] Several of her short stories have been short-listed for awards, including the Richard Yates Award, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, the Iowa Review Story Contest, and the Andre Dubus Award.[5]

Reviews of Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain[edit]


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