Karen Rigby was born in 1979 in Panama City, Panama. She is the author of Chinoiserie (2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, 2012), which was named one of the best books of 2012 by The Volta in its Friday Feature, and described as “a poignant, powerful, and urgent debut” by Booklist.
Awarded a 2007 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 Poetry Daily, Black Warrior Review, Washington Square, Field, and New England Review. Her poetry is anthologized in The Arcadia Project, among others.
Rigby is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her reviews have appeared in magazines such as High Country News, ForeWord Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Bookbrowse, Publishers Weekly, and The Writer. She recently served as a poetry reader for the National Endowment for the Arts, and writes in Arizona.