Karen Babine


Karen Babine was born and raised in the Lakes Country of Hubbard County, Minnesota. She traded lakes and trees for prairie and grass on the Red River Valley of western Minnesota for college, then hopped I-94 west to Spokane to do a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction at Eastern Washington University. After seven years of teaching at Bowling Green State University, she again headed west, this time to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a Ph.D. in English. She currently teaches at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Prize anthology mentions

Best American Essays 2014*

Best American Essays 2018*

Best American Essays 2020*

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