Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen

Author | The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

Keija Parssinen is the author of The Ruins of Us, which won a Michener-Copernicus Award and was named a Best Book of the Middle East Region by Turkey’s Today’s Zaman newspaper, and The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which won an Alex Award from the American Library Association, was selected Book of the Month by Emily St. John Mandel, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Kansas City Star. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in SLICE, Salon, the Brooklyn Quarterly, the Arkansas International, and the Lonely Planet travel writing anthologies, among others, and her creative work has been supported by the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, the Vermont Studio Center, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She earned a BA from Princeton and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. An assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Tulsa and program director of the Pan-European MFA in creative writing, she lives in Oklahoma with her family.

More Than a Piece of Paper: How to Make the Most of an MFA and Use It to Launch Your Career

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An MFA is an investment. On the creative front, it will help you build a writer’s tool kit, so that later on, when you sit down to write, you have all sorts of skills at your disposal. But your degree can pay off in other ways, too. You can use it to secure writing gigs, […]