Keija Parssinen M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing-Fiction Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature


Keija Parssinen is the author of two novels, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which won an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and The Ruins of Us, which earned a Michener-Copernicus Award and was long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize. At the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she earned her MFA in fiction, she was a Truman Capote Fellow, a Teaching-Writing Fellow, and edited the Iowa Short Fiction Contest. She writes novels, short fiction, poetry, and essays, and her writing has appeared in This Land, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Salon, The New Delta Review, Marie Claire, the Lonely Planet travel writing anthologies, and elsewhere.

M.F.A., University of Iowa Writer's Workshop
B.A., Princeton University

Novel writing, short fiction, poetry

Creative Writing, Contemporary Fiction, Women's and Gender Studies

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Parssinen, Keija. The Unraveling of Mercy Louis. Harper Books, 2015. Print.

Parssinen, Keija. The Ruins of Us. Harper Perennial, 2012. Print.

Magazine/Trade Publications

Parssinen, Keija. “The Gates of Tunis.” 2016: n. pag. Print.

Parssinen, Keija. “Snow Miser & Heat Miser.” Heat Miser and Snow Miser fiction: Salon’s two-sentence holiday stories, starring the brilliant Xmas special duo 2014: n. pag. Print.

Parssinen, Keija. “The Caulbearer.” 2014: n. pag. Print.

Parssinen, Keija. “These Things Other Than Beautiful.” 2012: n. pag. Print.

ENGL 2313 Reading Major American Writers
ENGL 3213 Writing Fiction