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Helen Phillips

October 19, Copley Square
Helen Phillips is a novelist, children’s book author, and professor at Brooklyn College. A graduate of Yale and Brooklyn College’s MFA program. Phillips has had work appear in the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Tin House. She is the author of five books: Some Possible Solutions, a short story collection that received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award; The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a novel that author Ursula K. Le Guin called “funny, sad, scary, and beautiful”; And Yet They Were Happy, named a notable collection by the Story Prize; Here Where the Sunbeams are Green, a children’s adventure book; and The Need, her latest thriller about a mother’s run-in with an intruder. The Beautiful Bureaucrat was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Phillips has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, the Iowa Review Nonfiction Award, the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Award, and a Ucross Foundation residency.