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.