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Kari Pilgrim

Member Since 22 Nov 2011
Offline Last Active Aug 30 2013 10:02 PM

About Me

I've been writing all my life, working my way through the genres of poetry, playwriting, short fiction, and the novel, as well as acquiring an MFA and PhD in English. I have three novels under my belt: the first, a brilliantly instructive demonstration on what not to do for a breakout novel (16 characters, five plot lines). The second, written in 72 hours for the 2011 international 3-day Novel Writing Contest, and which placed in the top ten, I intend to revise after my current project and third novel, HALF OF NO, has found its wings. I have written the equivalent of two short story collections, and have stories published in The Literary Review, Brooklyn Review, and Del Sol Review. I've also received a MacArthur Scholarship in Fiction and several awards for playwriting, short fiction, and poetry.

Currently, I'm a professor of writing and literature at SUNY, a miraculous fact since a long time ago, I dropped out of college to work in a canning factory in Alaska, then backpacked around the world, hitchhiking through China, wandering around India, and living for awhile in Tokyo and Taipei. Settled at last in Brooklyn, I occasionally perform my prose poems and do readings at venues such as The Knitting Factory, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, KGB Bar, and Cornelian Street Cafe.

My goal is to publish upmarket literary novels, as well as a collection (or two) of my short stories.

A few of many writers who inspire me: Flannery O'Connor, J.M. Coetzee, Marilyn Robinson, Robert Olen Butler.

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    satire, southern gothic, short fiction, the novel
    literary theory, travel wherever there's good food and wine, training for a marathon, permaculture

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