Karen Boren

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 260
(401) 456-4648
(401) 456-8028

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.F.A. Wichita State University
  • B.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Courses Taught

ENGL 220 Intro to Creative Writing
ENGL 371 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 373 Advanced Creative Writing :Nonfiction Prose
ENGL 460 Seminar In Major Authors & Themes
ENGL 481 Adv. Workshop In Creative Writing
ENGL 490 Directed Study
ENGL 550 Topics
ENGL 581 Workshop in Creative Writing:
ENGL 590 Independent Study
ENGL 591 Directed Reading


Karen Lee Boren writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Florida Review, Night Train, Karamu, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Cream City Review, and BookForum. Published in 2006, her novel Girls in Peril (Tin House Books) has been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

In both my writing and literature classes, I work to ignite intellectual curiosity in my students and to provide them with the means to examine new ideas and to articulate complex thoughts. I have found that one of the greatest challenges of teaching is to move students from the exhilaration of inspiration to the discipline of craft. Therefore, I structure my courses so students come to understand that learning is largely an inquisitive process.

Page last updated: September 21, 2011