Karissa Chen is the author of the chapbook Of Birds and Lovers (Corgi Snorkel Press, 2013). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Good Men Project, Necessary Fiction, and Eclectica Magazine, among others. A VONA/Voices fellow, she received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, as well as scholarships from The Napa Valley Writers Conference. She is currently the fiction and poetry editor at Hyphen magazine.
In the early 1970s, a childless couple in Vermont adopts a baby chimp from a circus clown for $6,000 and begins raising him as their son.