Karen Rile is the author of Winter Music, a novel set in Philadelphia, and numerous works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines such as The Southern Review, American Writing, Creative Nonfiction, The Land Grant College Review, Other Voices, Superstition Review, Bosque, and Apiary, and has been shortlisted among The Best American Short Stories. Karen has published articles and essays in many newspapers including The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and the The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is a frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania Gazette, JSTOR Daily, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and writes a weekly parents’ column on Violinist.com. She is also the founding editor of Cleaver, an online magazine featuring poetry, literary fiction and nonfiction, flash, art, radio plays, book reviews, craft essays, and more. Karen lives in Philadelphia and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also taught creative writing to high school and elementary students in Philadelphia, and at Webster University in St. Louis and LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Bennington College.