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Karen E Lillis

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About meI'm a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Watch the Doors As They Close is my latest book of fiction, out since February 2012 from the Novella Series on Spuyten Duyvil Press. Written as a diary in the days after an intense love affair, Watch the Doors as They Close scrutinizes the recently exited lover, and what went wrong. Reviewer Joe Winkler wrote in Volume 1 Brooklyn that Watch the Doors as They Close adds something new to the canon of love in literature: "Lillis accomplishes this because she chooses to focus less on the fluctuations of the relationship and more on the obsessive quality, the illogical search for answers that we think will calm our hearts after the maelstrom of love passes." Poet Derek Pollard writes, "Few narratives of such concision are so expansive, so arresting, so enduring as Watch the Doors as They Close… echoes of Marguerite Duras’ bare lyricism and Anaïs Nin’s unsparing analytics."

Among other themes, I often write about women, about doubles, about identity, about place, and about work; I write about lovers and mothers and brothers and bosses. I'm the author of the novel i, scorpion (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000); of the illustrated novella (under a psuedonym), Magenta's Adventures Underground (WLK, 2004); and of the chapbooks, Gentrify My Love (poems), Tough Broads and Classy Dames (monologues) and Virginia is for Lovers (poems).

My writing has been published in journals such as, Arabesques Review, Everyday Genius, Keyhole Magazine, Long Shot, New York Nights,, Pulse Berlin, Sensitive Skin, and Toad Suck Review, among others. My work is included in the anthology, Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (Spuyten Duyvil, June 2008).

I founded Words Like Kudzu Press in 2000; in 2001, the press spawned a journal, Venus in the Mirror. The journal featured over twenty women writers in two issues, and I am now working on placing the journal in zine libraries and other small press archives.

About my libraryMy library is largely the books that have inspired and influenced me--my favorite books. It consists mostly of things I've read, some of which I still own, and some books I would like to read. The latter includes some books with which I feel a kinship even though I haven't read them yet. (I handled them, I read bits and pieces, I was inspired by their themes or scope, I applauded their publication.)

GroupsBlank Generation, Blur(b), Contemporary Fiction, cvillagers, Deep South, Girlybooks, Librarians who LibraryThing, List Five Books Parlour Game, Literary Fiction, Secondhand/Used Bookshop/store Addictsshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresSt. Mark's Bookshop (New York City)


LocationPittsburgh, PA

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Member sinceSep 17, 2007

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