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Katherine Karlin's short story collection, Send Me Work, published by Northwestern University Press in fall 2011, was named a Kansas Notable Book of 2012. It received the Balcones Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Karlin's stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Triquarterly, [PANK], One Story, North American Review, ZYZZYVA, Alaska Quarterly Review, and L.A. Weekly, among other venues. Her work has been selected for the Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South. Her short story "Muscle Memory" was read as part of the "Stories on Stage" series at the Denver Performing Arts Center, and "Sleeping Where Jean Seberg Slept" is included in Watchlist from Catapult Press. Her essays have appeared in xoJane, Lumen, the collection One Word from Sarabande Press, and elsewhere.

Karlin has written over 60 theater reviews and arts features for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Los Angeles Daily News.

Earlier, she worked in oil refineries in Pennsylvania and Texas, a New Orleans shipyard, and a New York printshop. She received her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.

Karlin teaches creative writing and film at Kansas State University and is co-editor of the Gordon Parks Archive Project.