Seasonal living and the sensual, sensate life.

About Me

Karen Auvinen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, life-long westerner, writer, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty (Scribner), chosen as a Top 10 Book of June 2018 by The Christian Science Monitor.

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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 under the mentorship of Lucia Berlin and a Ph.D in fiction from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and presently teaches writing workshops at Lighthouse North and film, pop culture, and storytelling to freshman at the CU – Boulder.

Awards include two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Imagination Award, two Academy of American Poets Awards, and a Jentel residency.

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 (www.artquez.com), their dog River, and Dottie the Cat.

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