Ken Kalfus

2009 PEW FELLOW
Updated
30 Nov 2016

Ken Kalfus

Ken Kalfus, 2009 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

"The most thrilling thing in the world is when you have a vague thought and you manage to solidify it on paper."

Ken Kalfus (b. 1954) is the author of two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, both of which were New York Times notable books. He has also published novels, including The Commissariat of Enlightenment, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award), and his most recent, Equilateral. Kalfus was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and a winner of the Salon Book Award and the Pushcart Prize. He received a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in creative arts/fiction. "The most thrilling thing in the world is when you have a vague thought and you manage to solidify it on paper," he says. Kalfus has written for Harper's, BOMB, the North American Review, and the Voice Literary Supplement. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.