Karen Auvinen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, life-long Westerner, writer, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living (Scribner), chosen as a Top 10 Book of June 2018 by The Christian Science Monitor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, Real Simple, Westword, as well as numerous literary journals.
Karen earned an MA in poetry from the University of Colorado and a PhD in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and currently teaches writing workshops at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and film, pop culture, and storytelling to first-year students at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Past gigs include Writer-in-Residence for the State of Colorado, editor, book-buyer, rural postal route driver, caterer, clinic assistant, landscaper, summer camp director, and guest chef. She lives in the Colorado mountains with the artist Greg Marquez, their dog River, and Dottie the Cat.