Karen Lillis is the author of four short novels, including “Watch the Doors As They Close” (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), “The Second Elizabeth” (Six Gallery Press, 2009), and “i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert” (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000). In both essays and fiction Lillis often writes about place, having spent much of her life moving around and observing places as an outsider. She also writes about bookstores, art, artists, obsession, and various bohemias. Her fiction writing is concerned with voice and works on the edge of poetic forms; her novellas earned her a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction. She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a finalist for a 2007 Golden Quill Award (Press Club of Western Pennsylvania) for her Pittsburgh Quarterly article on the small presses of Pittsburgh. She has been a writer in residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, an art reviewer at The Austin Chronicle, a regular contributor to the anti-war/poetry newspaper New York Nights after 2001, and once wrote a short story on the side of a freight train. She has read her work in Paris, New York, San Francisco, LA, and many American cities in between. Lillis was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Virginia, and lived over a decade in New York before relocating to Pittsburgh in late 2005.