Author Karen Russell to read at Oregon State University May 19


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Karen Russell will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

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, “Sleep Donation” and “Swamplandia!,” which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 

Her short stories have been featured in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Conjunctions, Granta and Zoetrope, and three of her stories have been selected for volumes of “The Best American Short Stories.”

In 2009 Russell was named one of the “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and in 2010 she was included in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list. She also won the 2011 Bard Fiction Prize and the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction. 

Russell holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center, and the American Academy of Berlin, and in 2013 was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Williams College, Bard College, Bryn Mawr College, and Rutgers University.

This reading is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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