Announced, authors Karen Russell and Donald Antrim have been selected as two of the 24 MacArthur “genius” fellows . The foundation wrote Antrim’s “fiction and nonfiction are marked by a contrast between elegant, concise language and disorienting chaos. Russell, whose novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pulitzer, writes “haunting yet comic tales [that] blend fantastical elements with psychological realism. Each receives a $625,000 grant…, with no strings attached
Russell told The Washington Post the award could NOT have come at a better time: She shares, “The day after I learned about this, I had to get an emergency root canal, and I don’t have dental insurance.”
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