Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2014 California Book Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011.
Fowler is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego). She and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. Photo: Brett Hall Jones
Sue Staats’ short stories and poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in The Los Angeles Review, Graze Magazine, Farallon Review, Tule Review, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets, and others. She earned an MFA from Pacific University and was a recent finalist for the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction and the Nisqually Prize in Fiction. Her stories have been performed at the Sacramento reading series Stories on Stage and at the Bay-Area reading series Why There Are Words. She’s currently working on a collection of linked short stories, and for the past year has served as the Director for Stories on Stage Sacramento.