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MFA / Tin House Staged Interview: Karen Russell

Portland State University's Creative Writing program and Tin House invite you to a special event with acclaimed fiction writer Karen Russell, who will give a reading and participate in a staged interview about her work and the craft of fiction.

Karen Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and two novels:  Swamplandia! and Sleep Donation. Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Russell's short stories have been featured in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, Granta, Zoetrope, and The Best American Short Stories. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and was named one of the “5 under 35” young writers by the National Book Foundation.  In 2013 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

The staged interview will be hosted by writer Charles D'Ambrosio, whose next book, Loitering: New and Collected Essays, will be published by Tin House Books in November 2014. He is a professor in Portland State University’s MFA program, and is currently teaching an intensive graduate seminar on the Karen Russell’s fiction in preparation for this event.

Please join us on Friday, May 30th, at 6:30 pm at The Little Church for this incredible opportunity to engage with Karen Russell and learn about her work and writing process.

This is a free and public event, but seating is limited and must be reserved in advance. Please send seating inquiries to

Friday, May 30, 2014  |  6:30 pm

The Little Church  |  5138 NE 23rd, Portland, OR