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, The Spectacle, 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