Kara Weiss grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts with her parents and two sisters.
As a child, Kara tended to befriend the roughest classmates she could find (who weren’t really that rough, given that Brookline isn’t exactly the ‘hood).
Kara went to Brookline High School, and attended School Within A School (SWS), an alternative school within the public high school. There, she infamously convinced her classmates to incorporate a Great Books English class into the curriculum. She might have been the only one to enjoy it.
Upon graduation Kara matriculated at Williams College where she was a philosophy major, and ultimately had the great fortune of studying fiction with Jim Shepard.
Kara did her graduate work at the University of Washington, where she won the Ingham Prize for fiction (the only fellowship available to UW MFA students). She’s been published in many literary magazines including Word Riot, Crab Orchard Review, The McGuffin, The View From Here, and The Ne’er Do Well. She is the 2014 Indie Book Award winner for general fiction, and novella. Her metals make her feel like an Olympian.
Kara currently lives with her family in Salt Lake City where she teaches English at Westminster College, and writes books.