Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund (Counterpoint Press), which was on the shortlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, and was on the Shortlist for the National Book Award for Fiction; A Town of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press) and Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin), a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, LA Times Bestseller, and part of the Barnes and Noble Discover program. Her stories have appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Guernica, The Harvard Review and others, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Short Stories, and won two Pushcart prizes. Her fiction has been read as part of the Selected Shorts program on NPR, and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Real Simple, The New York Times Book Review, O magazine, The Harvard Review, theatlantic.com and narrative.ly.com. She is also co-editor of the nonfiction anthology: Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion. She has taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Chatham University, Antioch University Los Angeles, the Writer’s Voice program at the West Side YMCA, and Tunghai University in Taiwan. Her website is www.karenebender.com.
- M.F.A., University of Iowa
- B.S., UCLA