Karen Rigby was born in the Republic of Panama in 1979. She is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press), which won the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. A 2007 National Endowment for the Arts literature fellow, recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, and of a Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council artist opportunity grant, her poetry appears in FIELD, The London Magazine, Bennington Review, Southern Indiana Review, Foundry, and other journals.

She holds a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her reviews have been published in High Country News, Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Bookbrowse, Publishers Weekly, and The Writer. She currently lives in Arizona.

Karen Rigby

Photo: J. Huang