Karen Rile

Karen Rile is the author of Winter Music (Little, Brown), a novel set in Philadelphia, and numerous works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in literary journals such as The Southern Review, American Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Other VoicesSuperstition ReviewTishman Review, and has been shortlisted among The Best American Short Stories. Karen has published articles and essays in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others. She is the founding and chief editor of Cleaver, an online literary magazine and book review. Karen lives in Philadelphia and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA from Bennington College, and a certificate in the art of satire through The Second City. She is also the mom of four adult daughters: an aerialist, a glass artist, a violist, and a playwright.


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