Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Fiction
Competition: US & Canada
Ken Kalfus is the author of two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, and two novels, The Commissariat of Enlightenment and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. A film adaptation of his story "Pu-239" was aired on HBO in 2007.
He is currently working on a new novel.
Born in New York, Mr. Kalfus has also lived in Paris, Dublin, Belgrade, and Moscow. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia.
Photograph by Michael Ahern.