Karen Rile is a novelist and short story writer living in Philadelphia. She has published articles and essays in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founding editor of Cleaver, an online literary magazine and book review and the Faculty Director of Cleaver Workshops. She is also a certified yoga and yoga trapeze instructor and a parent of four adults with more interesting careers than her own: an aerialist, a glass artist, a violist, and a playwright.