Karen Russell is the author of three books of fiction, most recently, the story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, and a New Yorker "20 Under 40" honoree. Her stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, Conjunctions, Granta, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Zoetrope.