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A new story, “Helicopter,” appears in Air/Light magazine

14 Dec 2020

My story, “Helicopter,” appears in the launch of Air/Light, a new journal published by USC. You can read the story here.

Faculty Mentor in Alma College’s new low-residency MFA program

12 Nov 2020

I’m excited to be a mentor in the new MFA program in Creative Writing at Alma College. The first residency will be in June, 2021. You can find out more about the program here.

My flash fiction “The Pile,” appears in The Commuter series

07 Sep 2020

Happy that my flash fiction, “The Pile,” was published in Electric Literature’s “The Commuter” series. You can read the story here. https://electricliterature.com/the-pile-by-karen-bender/

Teaching Zoom Workshops through the 1455 Literary Arts site

04 Sep 2020

Starting this month, I’m going to be teaching some drop-in and ongoing writing classes through 1455. The schedule for September and October is here–check back for updates! https://1455litarts.org/workshops/

The 14:55 Interview

21 Aug 2020

I really enjoyed talking to Sean Murphy, Director of 1455 Literary Arts, in this interview about reading and the writing life. You can watch the interview here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9MKbpF1rBE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3HyHFRt7rjqCmoz2KpQwyx_xzCV2PUl1em9f1H9qHN14J0vveLIwSg0EE

Zoom Talk at 1455 Literary Festival

19 Jun 2020

I’ll be participating in the 1455 Literary Festival this year. On July 18, at 4 pm, I’ll be giving a Zoom talk about my essay, “If You Have These Traits, You May Be A Writer,” as well as my 10 Commandments for Becoming a Writer. The festival events are free. Join us! The link is here.

“The Shame Exchange” wins a Pushcart Prize

05 Jun 2020

I’m honored that my story “The Shame Exchange,” which appeared in The Yale Review online, has won a Pushcart prize and will be reprinted in Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses.

Zoom fundraiser class raised $1,361!

25 Apr 2020

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Zoom creative writing class on sensory detail; we raised $1,361 for Feeding Southwest Virginia. Check back for more classes, fundraisers, and regular craft classes and one-month workshops. Updates in the Editorial Services page on the website.

Free Zoom Creative Writing Class to raise money for Feeding Southwest Virginia

12 Apr 2020

I’m running a free 1 hour Zoom class to raise money for Feeding Southwest Virginia. The class will be April 25 at 2 pm. EST. Make a donation to Feeding SW VA, send me a receipt of your donation through a message through my Contact page and I’ll send you the link and materials for the class. We’ll be talking about sensory detail, reading a Cheever story and doing fun in-class exercises. Here’s a link to donate. Message me with any questions! https://www.faswva.org/

My story, “The Cell Phones” was reprinted in Weston Magazine.

19 Feb 2020

My short story, “The Cell Phones,” which appears in my collection “The New Order,” was just reprinted by Weston magazines.

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