Dr. Karen Auvinen
Teaching Associate Professor • Associate Director (Spring 2024)
Creative Minds Residential Academic Program
BA and MA, University of Colorado Boulder
PhD, English, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Dr. Karen Auvinen has taught at CU Boulder since 2004 and currently teaches Film, Popular Culture and Storytelling for Libby RAP where she co-lead Libby’s annual New York Arts Adventure for five years. She earned her PhD in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her MA in poetry from the University of Colorado - Boulder.  Karen’s writing has appeared in The New York Times and her fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her poems have won two Academy of American Poet Awards. Her interests include film and cultural studies, gender and ethnic studies, as well as The American West, creative writing and community building involving the arts. Her memoir:  Rough Beauty:  Forty Seasons of Mountain Living will be published in 2018 (Scribner).  More at karenauvinen.com and on her blog:  rougherbeauty.com