The Columbia Writers Series
Karen Russell
Karen Russell

During the spring 2014 installment of its renowned Columbia Writers Series, Clark College will welcome writer Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Russell will read from some of her works and discuss her writing process from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, in Foster Auditorium, located in Foster Hall on Clark's main campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2013, she was a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant." Her short stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, Granta, The New Yorker, Conjunctions, Oxford American, and Zoetrope. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

This event is part of "Subtext," a three-day festival of words and literary arts. Other events include a free book exchange on May 28 (10 a.m. - noon in Cannell Library) and Crossroads, a reading by students and faculty that features Clark County poet laureate Christopher Luna, on May 30 (noon - 1 p.m. in PUB 258A). These events are also free and open to the public.


Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in these events should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services (DSS) Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901 (VP). The DSS office is located in room 013 in Clark’s Penguin Union Building.