Carolyn Colburn received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in writing from Goddard College. She has been awarded a Loft-McKnight Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. She has worked as a musician, teacher, typesetter, and contract writer. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies. Ms. Colburn divides her time between a 110-year-old house in Duluth, Minnesota, and a cabin on Lake Superior near the Canadian border.