I was born in the Republic of Panama in 1979. I’m the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012), which won a Sawtooth Poetry Prize. My work has been honored by a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and a Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council artist opportunity grant. My poetry appears online and in print journals such as Bennington Review, The London Magazine, Australian Book Review, and jubilat. I’ve been a featured reader in Tucson, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Minneapolis and other cities.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BA) and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MFA), I’ve written reviews for High Country News, Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Bookbrowse, Publishers Weekly, and The Writer. I live in Arizona, where I’m writing a second poetry collection on the fabulous, from 20th century fashion to 21st century legends, among other subjects, and also writing micro-memoir.

Karen Rigby

Photo: J. Huang