Karen Brown was born in Connecticut. Her first collection of short stories, PINS AND NEEDLES, received The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. LITTLE SINNERS AND OTHER STORIES won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her stories have appeared in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories 2008, Good Housekeeping, and in many literary journals. She studied creative writing at Cornell University, and received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, where she currently teaches. THE LONGINGS OF WAYWARD GIRLS is her first novel.
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