Meet the 2013 MacArthur Geniuses

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Among this year’s recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship (or “Genius Grant”) are a paleobotanist, an atomic physicist, and two choreographers.

But we are of course most thrilled to see Rumpus interviewee Karen Russell, whom the MacArthur site describes as a “Fiction writer blending fantastical elements with psychological realism to construct wildly imaginative settings and characters in tales of transformation and redemption.”

MacArthur Fellows receive $625,000 over a five-year period with “no strings attached” and “may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.”


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →