Keija Parssinen is the author of two novels: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which won a 2016 Alex Award from the American Library Association, was named a Best Book of 2015 by the Kansas City Star, and was selected as Book of the Month by Emily St. John Mandel; as well as The Ruins of Us, which earned a Michener-Copernicus Award, was long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize, and was named a 2013 Best Book of the Region by Turkey’s Today’s Zaman newspaper. Her writing has appeared in the Lonely Planet travel writing anthologies, Slice magazine, Salon, The Brooklyn Quarterly, FiveChapters, the New Delta Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Princeton University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching and Writing Fellow, Parssinen is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Tulsa, as well as the Program Director of Cedar Crest College’s Pan-European MFA program. She lives in Tulsa with her husband and sons.
This event is supported by the Rona Jaffe Foundation.