Karen Outen's debut novel, Dixon, Descending, was published in February 2024 by Dutton. Her fiction has also appeared in Glimmer Train, The North American Review, Essence, and elsewhere. In addition to her Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, she has been a fellow at both the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Maryland.