Henry David Thoreau was not the only writer to head for solitude in the woods. Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, took a leave from people to immerse herself in her writing.
The situation changed completely when a fire consumed nearly everything she owned, including much of her writing. She tells the story in her memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living.
We welcome Karen Auvinen to The Exchange to share her story.