Starbird Murphy, KUOW, Elliott Bay, Doodles!

After readings around the Pacific Northwest, Starbird Murphy and the World Outside can be considered released. Thanks to Marcie Sillman and KUOW’s The Record for a lovely interview, available here. And thanks to Elliott Bay Book Company for having … Read More

Pre-order STARBIRD from Elliott Bay Book Company


How lucky to live in a city that values books and independent bookstores! The Elliott Bay Book Company has been in business forty years and they’ve been good to me ever since I started writing. They’ve welcomed me into their … Read More

Love for the Courage Anthology!

Our new anthology, Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls is getting a lot of love from Seattle’s arts weekly The Stranger.

The More You Know

Check out these quotes:

“Courage feels like the cool older woman who sits her little sister down, stares … Read More

My blog entry for Writers-in-the-Schools

Once again I’m teaching with Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program, this year at Lafayette Elementary School. I’ve been teaching poetry writing to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as their year-long Writer-in-Residence.

I’ve posted a blog on the WITS … Read More

Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls RELEASED!

About two years ago, I went out to breakfast with Mindy Nettifee, author of Rise of the Trust Fall, Glitter in the Blood, force behind the Write Now Poetry Society, etc, more awesome stuff, etc. 

During brunch … Read More

Lo que diría la esposa de Lot si no fuera columna de sal

I’m grateful for this Spanish version of my poem, “What Lot’s Wife Would Have Said (If She Wasn’t a Pillar of Salt)” translated by Jeremy Osner. For more of Jeremy’s tranlations check out his website.
Lo que diría

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Karen at the Hugo Lit Series

Hugo Literary Series: Must the Gun Always Fire? (And Other Rules of Writing)

I’m thrilled to be included in the Hugo Literary Series for Richard Hugo House. Here’s the idea: writers are commissioned to write work on a theme and … Read More

So Many Shows: Lit Crawl, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Season of the Witch Tour!

This week is busting open!

Thursday I’ll be reading with some Seattle poetry greats during the Lit Crawl in Seattle. Poetry at Poco: Love, Addiction, and Owls
Poco Wine + Spirits, 1408 E Pine St.
Susan Rich (The Alchemist’s Kitchen) … Read More

The Nature of Words

I’m happy to announce that I will be a faculty member for The Nature of Words festival in November in Central Oregon. Other guest authors include: Jim Lynch, Lawson Inada, Ellen Waterston, James Prosek and Emily Carr. More information Read More

Our Youngstown Open House

We had an amazing open house this weekend at my artist colony, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Open studios and performances were followed by a fire show in the parking lot and an “Under the Sea” themed dance party. I … Read More