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Teaching at Southampton Writers Conference in July

29 Jan 2019

I’m excited to be teaching at the Southampton Writers’ Conference July 10-14, with a class called “Re-Visioning Your Work.” You can find out more about the program here. 

Mentor in SUNY Stonybrook’s BookEnds program

28 Jan 2019

I’m honored to be a Mentor in SUNY Stonybrook’s new program, BookEnds, through Southampton Arts. Students in BookEnds get guidance in finishing their novels or story collections.  You can find out more about the program, and how to apply, here. 

My short short story, “The Shame Exchange,” published in The Yale Review online

21 Jan 2019

You can read my short short story, “The Shame Exchange,” published in The Yale Review online, here. 

“Bender’s Timely Stories Triumphant”: Winnipeg Free Press reviews The New Order

05 Jan 2019

“American writer Karen E. Bender is a master of the short story, managing to create fully rounded characters in well-developed plots within a limited word count.” You can read the rest of the review in the Winnipeg Free Press here. 

 

The New Order on List of Best Books of 2018 by PopMatters

29 Dec 2018

“She articulates our new normal in terms both empathetic and terrifying….Bender unveils the complex set of motives that caused America to impale itself.” You can read the whole review by Scott Poole here.

 

Interview with Marrie Stone for “Writers on Writing” show on KUCI

13 Dec 2018

I spoke with Marrie Stone about process, craft and The New Order for her radio show “Writers on Writing” on KUCI. You can listen to the show here. 

Apartment Therapy includes The New Order on Reading List

12 Dec 2018

Apartmenttherapy.com calls The New Order a “sharp, thought-provoking and urgent collection.” You can read the whole review here. 

The National Book Review reviews The New Order

05 Dec 2018

“Bender is known for her keenly observant and perceptive stories, including her collection Refund, a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and while her stories have a universality that makes them timeless, The New Order very much speaks to this particularly fraught time.” You can read the rest of the review here. 

New York Times Book Review includes “The New Order” on New and Noteworthy list

23 Nov 2018

“A finalist for the National Book Award, lauded for her short stories, Bender returns with a collection that reflects America’s new reality.” The New York Times Book Review includes The New Order on a list of New and Noteworthy books. You can see the list here. 

Five Short Story Collections That Shaped My Work on Lithub

13 Nov 2018

I talk to Jane Ciabattari about five story collections that shaped my work for Lithub. You can read the interview here. 

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