Karen E. Bender
Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund (Counterpoint Press) and the novels Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin) and A Town of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Narrative, Zoetrope, Guernica, The Harvard Review, and others, and have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the South, and won two Pushcart prizes. Her stories have been read on 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 theatlantic.com, Real Simple, the New York Times Book Review, and O magazine. She is also co-editor of the anthology Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion (Macadam Cage). She has taught creative writing for the low residency programs at Chatham University and Antioch University Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Tunghai University in Taiwan.