The latest updates.

Electric Literature’s Article on Cover Design Process Includes The New Order

13 Jul 2018

In this article for Electric Literature about the design process for book covers, Counterpoint Press designer Nicole Caputo shares her process in designing the cover for The New Order. You can read this fascinating article here.

A new story collection, “The New Order,” to be published by Counterpoint Press!

18 Jan 2018

I am thrilled that my new story collection, “The New Order,” will be published by Counterpoint Press this fall. Here is the announcement from Publisher’s Lunch:

National Book Award Finalist and author of REFUND, Karen E. Bender’s THE NEW ORDER, a new collection of stories that examines the sense of instability that has grown stronger in American culture over the last two years through the increasing presence of violence, bigotry, sexual harassment, and the emotional costs of living under constant threat, once again to Dan Smetanka at Counterpoint, for publication in Fall 2018, by Maria Massie at Massie & McQuilkin

Teaching at Iowa Writers’ Workshop this summer

31 Oct 2017

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching an intensive 3-week workshop at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop this summer. You can find information about the workshop here. Applications are due on March 1. Apply!

My story “Anything for Money” is a New York Subway Library “Selected Short Read”

08 Jun 2017

My story, “Anything for Money” from Refund, is a “Selected Short Read” for the NYC Subway Library. You can read the story, and many others,  here.

Interview about reading for The Toronto Review of Books

01 May 2017

Here’s a short interview about reading with Kelli Deeth of The Toronto Review of Books. You can read the interview here.

COIN: a collaborative story to benefit The Cabin’s programs

27 Apr 2017

On Thursday May 4, I’ll be participating in COIN–a collaborative online story to benefit The Cabin, a wonderful literary center in Boise, Idaho.  I’ll be working on the story from 4 to 4:30 PM EST. Find out more about the story, the writers and how to donate, here.

Refund on NYPL list of books by women authors for International Women’s Day

15 Mar 2017

So happy to see Refund on this list of books compiled by the New York Public Library, books by women authors for International Women’s Day and beyond. You can read the list here.

Interview with my sister Aimee and I in Boise Weekly

09 Mar 2017

An interview with my sister Aimee and I, before our first event together at The Cabin in Boise, Idaho. You can read the interview here.

Video craft essay, “Adjusting Your Pace: How to Get Your Story to Move” up on Electric Literature

24 Feb 2017

My video essay on pace in stories and similarities to movement phrases is up on the website Electric Literature. You can read the essay here.

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