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Karen Russell named a MacArthur "Genius"

Albert Murray

Karen Russell, author of the short story collections St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove and the novel Swamplandia! which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellows Program has given "unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" since 1981. The fellowships is a "no strings attached" award of $625,000 that is paid out to the recipient over five years. Please join us in congratulating Karen Russell on this extraordinary achievement.

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