Karen Babine (pronounced bay-byne) is the two-time Minnesota Book Award-winning author of Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota, 2015), and All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer (Milkweed Editions, 2019). Her third book, Acadie: A Family Ecology is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Eastern Washington University and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently an assistant professor of English at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where she was recognized with a UTAA Outstanding Teaching Award in 2023..
She is also the founder and editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, whose goal is to publish the best nonfiction scholarship and pedagogy across disciplines. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Eastern Washington University and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In her spare time, she loves to cook and hunt through thrift stores for treasures.