Karen Rigby was born in 1979 in Panama City, Panama. She is the author of Chinoiserie (2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, 2012). Awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and a Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council artist opportunity grant, she has been published in venues including Poetry Daily, Washington Square, Field, Black Warrior Review, and New England Review. Her poetry is anthologized in Best New Poets 2008 and The Arcadia Project, among others. In 2013, she participated in the Flying House Project.
Rigby is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and reviews for industry magazines including ForeWord Reviews and Kirkus Reviews. Her work has appeared in High Country News, Rain Taxi, Bookbrowse, Publishers Weekly, and The Writer. She writes in Arizona.