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Karen Piper


Karen Piper is a professor of English at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Piper grew up downwind from Owens Dry Lake in Ridgecrest, California. She is the author of Left in the Dust, about L.A.’s destruction of Owens Valley, and Cartographic Fictions, about the evolution and use of mapping in the British colonies. With a master’s degree in environmental studies and a Ph.D. in comparative literature (University of Oregon, 1996), she is interested in postcolonial and environmental justice issues. Currently she is working on a book about water privatization. Piper has received the Sierra Nature Writing Award, National Endowment of the Humanities Awards, a Huntington Fellowship, a Carnegie Mellon Fellowship and a Sitka Center Writing Residency.

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piperk [at] missouri.edu
english.missouri.edu/people/piperk.html



Posts by Karen Piper

PLACES: Revolution of the Thirsty (07.12.12)
PLACES: "We Just Want To Be Tourists" (06.06.11)
PLACES: Dreams, Dust and Birds: The Trashing of Owens Lake (01.24.11)

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