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    Katia Spiegelman Lief has been teaching fiction writing at The New School since 1992. Her published work includes both literary and crime fiction, and she is the author of several internationally bestselling criime novels. She also publishes under the pseudonym Karen Ellis. Learn more at


    Degrees Held:

    M.F.A., The City College of New York

    B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

    A.A. Simon's Rock Early College

    Professional Affiliations:

    The Authors Guild

    Mystery Writers of America

    International Thriller Writers


    Recent Publications:

    A Map of the Dark, Mullholland Books/Little, Brown, 2018 (pseudonymously as Karen Ellis)
    The Money Kill, HarperCollins, 2013
    Vanishing Girls, HarperCollins, 2012
    Next Time You See Me, HarperCollins, 2011
    You Are Next, HarperCollins, 2011

    Current Courses:

    Art of Speculative Fiction

    Raise Your Voice in Fiction (Spring 2020)