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 and was named by The Volta as one of the best books of 2012 in its Friday Feature.

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, Rigby’s poetry appears in FIELD, The London Magazine, Bennington Review, Southern Indiana Review, jubilat, 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 and writes in Arizona.

Karen Rigby

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