M.F.A. - Bennington College Writing Seminars, Nonfiction
B.A. - Bennington College, Literature and Visual Arts
Karen Houppert’s reporting has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, Salon, Slate, Mother Jones, Ms, The Village Voice, The Baltimore Sun, Glamour, Self, Fitness, etc. A former staff writer for The Village Voice, Houppert has won several awards for her coverage of gender politics, including a National Women's Political Caucus Award and a 2003 Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award. She moved to Baltimore in 2006 and began reporting on the city for Urbanite and The Washington Post Magazine. These days she is writing about the criminal justice system, race, poverty, education, politics—and their unholy mix here and in the nation at large. She is the author of two nonfiction books, The Curse (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999) and Home Fires Burning (Ballantine, 2005) which chronicled a year in the life of military wives with husbands deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Her third book, an expose of the sorry state of indigent defense in the US will be published by New Press in March 2013.
She comes to Morgan after being on the faculty of the MA in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University.