MFA Programs in Writing present readings by Karen Russell and Phillip Williams

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

135 Humanities Instructional Bldg


Refreshments will be provided

Karen Russell is the author of five books of fiction, including the NYT bestsellers Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, and the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Bottari Lattes Grinzane prize, and the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" award. Her work has been published in The New YorkerThe New York TimesHarper'sZoetropeConjunctions, and The New York Review of Books, and frequently anthologized in The Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories series. She was the librettist for BalletCollective's The Night Falls, one of The New York Times' Best Dance Performances of 2023. Her new novel, The Antidote, is forthcoming from Knopf in the spring of 2025.

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the much-anticipated debut novel Ours (Viking 2024), the full-length poetry collections Mutiny (Penguin Poetry), winner of the 2022 American Book Award; and Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A nominee for the NAACP Image Awards in poetry, he is the recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award and fellowships from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. He serves as a faculty member at the NYU MFA and Randolph College low-res MFA.