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Teaching Assistant Professor

2020, PhD English & Creative Writing, Florida State University

2010, MFA Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College


Karen Tucker is the author of the novel BEWILDERNESS (Catapult 2021), which was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, shortlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, and chosen as an Indie Next Pick. Tucker’s short fiction can be found in The Yale ReviewThe Missouri Review, Boulevard, EPOCH, Tin House, and elsewhere. She served as the Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review from 2017-2020.

Her awards include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers, the George M. Harper Award for Creative Writing, the Jerome Stern Series Spotlight Award in fiction, and a PEO Scholar Award. Born and raised in North Carolina, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at UNC Chapel Hill.

To read more, visit my website


  • Bewilderness, a novel. (Catapult Books 2021)
  • “All Kinds of Lucky” (Boulevard 2019)
  • “J.J. FTW” (The Yale Review 2018)
  • “Anklewood” (The Missouri Review 2017)
  • “Under Glass” (Tin House Online, 2017)
  • “The Trumped-Up Story of a Questionable Past” (EPOCH, 2015)

Teaching Awards

  • Named Among “Top Ten Most Helpful FSU Professors” by College Magazine,  2018


  • Shortlisted Crook’s Corner Book Prize, 2022
  • Longlisted Aspen Words Literary Prize, 2022
  • P.E.O. Scholar Award, 2019-2020
  • Jerome Stern Series Spotlight Award, 2018
  • George M. Harper Award for Creative Writing, 2017
  • Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers, 2010

Courses Taught:

  • (ENGL 130) Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • (ENGL 132H) Honors Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • (ENGL 138) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • (ENGL 206) Intermediate Fiction Writing
  • (ENGL 211) Writing Political Fiction
  • (ENGL 406) Advanced Fiction Writing
  • (ENGL 693H) Creative Writing Senior Honors