Carlow University MFA Mentor’s New Book Is People Magazine’s Book of the Week

Karen Lin-Greenberg, a mentor in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Carlow University, has had her new novel, You Are Here, selected as one of People Magazine’s Books of the Week (April 28, 2023).  

You Are Here is a novel about a diverse group of characters whose lives intersect at the local shopping mall, which is in the process of closing, and how this transition affects the individuals and the community.  Her novel will debut on May 2, and is available on Amazon and in your local bookstore.

“Our MFA mentors in the U.S. and Ireland and our alumni continue to distinguish themselves and Carlow with their successes,” said Tess Barry, MFA, program director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Carlow University.  “Karin Lin-Greenberg is a brilliant award-winning writer and dedicated teacher. We are grateful to have her as a mentor in Carlow’s MFA program.”

Lin-Greenberg, who is an associate professor of English at Siena College, has received numerous awards for her work.  In 2013, her first story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press and won gold in the Short Story category of Foreword Reviews’ Indie Book of the Year.  Her second story collection, Vanished, won the 2021 Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker Book Prize in Fiction and was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2022.  Her stories have been published in The Antioch ReviewBoulevardColorado ReviewCrazyhorseEpochShenandoahThe Southern ReviewStory, and Virginia Quarterly Review.  

She was a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Nelson Algren Award, and her story, “Housekeeping,” received a Pushcart Prize and was listed as a Distinguished Story of 2020 in Best American Short Stories 2021.  She has been awarded fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Longleaf Writers Conference, MacDowell.  In addition to teaching at Carlow and Siena College, she has taught creative writing at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University.

Carlow University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program is a low-residency program that takes in the U.S. and Ireland.

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