Karen Kao is a published novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet. Her debut novel, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle (Linen Press 2017), is the first of four interlocking novels to be set in Shanghai. For more information on Karen and her work, please visit her website at www.inkstonepress.com
My name is Barry and I’m a little odd. One day, a couple years ago, I said to myself, “I’m gonna go to writing school and I’m going to learn to write and then I’m going to make my living as an author. Why not? I love to read. Can’t be that hard."
At the time, I was living in Alaska and didn’t care to leave because it was (still is) the best place. So, I checked the University of Alaska website to see if they had a writing program. 12 years prior, I had earned a BA inPhilosophy, so I was hoping they had a graduate program.They did. Something called an ‘MFA in Creative Writing’.