Stolz, Karen 1957-

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Stolz, Karen 1957-


Born March 5, 1957, in St. Louis, MO; daughter of Dutch (an Episcopalian minister) and Jeanne (a financial secretary) Stolz; children: Danny Spence. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Kansas, B.A., 1980; University of Iowa, M.F.A., 1982. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Episcopalian. Hobbies and other interests: Reading fiction, baking, shopping.


Home—Pittsburg, KS. Office—Department of English, Pittsburg State University, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762-7510. Agent—Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. E-mail—[email protected].


Austin Community College, Austin, TX, adjunct instructor in English, 1994-2005; St. Edward's University, Austin, TX, adjunct instructor, 2001-05; Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, instructor in creative writing, 2005—.


Associated Writing Programs, Kansas Center for the Book, Writers League of Texas (member of board of directors, 2001—).


Fellow, Texas Commission on the Arts and Austin Writers League, 1999.


World of Pies (novel), Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000.

Fanny and Sue (novel), Hyperion (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor of short stories to magazines, including Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.


Karen Stolz told CA: "I have been writing fiction for a long time. I began sending out stories when I was in high school, but I didn't really understand how to write a good short story until I was a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Being there was life-changing for me; I had the time to write seriously for two years, make friendships I still keep up with all these years later, teach my first fiction-writing classes, sell my first story on my own, and get the attention of an agent. I write fiction because I love fiction, and because the process of realizing a story's intentions is very exciting to me. I love the shape of a story, whether it's short or novel-sized, and I love the tricks of language and the well-chosen word. I like to write about characters who do things I've never done, but whose hearts I understand. I love hearing from readers when they have read my books and feel moved by them.

"I am interested in the sixties and seventies, my personal growing-up years. I'm interested in racial issues as well, and my novel-in-process focuses on race and education. This work is coauthored with a longtime friend. I'd never coauthored anything before this, but it's been a very good experience so far. I have been in a couple of very good writing groups over the years (am in one now) and consider this an important part of my writing process. Being a teacher of creative writing is challenging and takes time away from my own writing, but it's exciting to be around students who are making discoveries and breakthroughs, and when I have good students, I feel honored to help them."