Yearly Archives: 2014

Indie’s First at Local Bookstores


Karen with Indie’s First founder Sherman Alexie

November 29 was the second annual Indie’s First bookstore event. An idea hatched by Sherman Alexie and Janis Segress from Seattle’s Queen Anne Book Company, Indie’s First is a day when authors get ... Read More

Story Telling in Portland!




I’ll be telling stories this weekend in a BACKFENCEPDX event along with Matthew Dickman, Brian Finkelstein and Vin Shambray. It should be a lovely night of remembrance.... Read More

Rookie Magazine

One night last winter I went to poet Rachel Kessler’s house for a dinner party. Then a snow storm blew in forcing us to spend the night in the guest room. That was the night I discovered Rookie Magazine. ... Read More

Kevin Emerson, Jen Longo and Me at Seattle Public Library Saturday

Seattle Writes: Writing Teen Fiction

Are you working on a young adult (YA) novel? Don’t miss this panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process. Description Seattle authors Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock and Jennifer Longo discuss writing young... Read More

Reykjavík Writing Jam with Bragi Olaffson

TOI_webpage_header_SeattleI’m writing a new short story. Here’s why that is so scary that I’m not actually working on it right now but writing this blog post instead…I don’t actually write short stories. I write poetry and novels. And, yeah, ... Read More



It’s BANNED BOOKS WEEK again and I’ve been thinking about how IDEAS CAN BE DANGEROUS.

I struggle with the question of content all the time as an author who writes from young adults. During the process of editing COURAGE: DARING ... Read More



Screen+Shot+2014-07-27+at+7.44.50+PMIt could sound braggy to say that I’m happy with critical response to my second novel STARBIRD MURPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE. But the life of a writer is full of mean days, so I’m going to live ... Read More

WordsWest Literary Series in West Seattle


At Last! There’s a new Lit Series in West Seattle!

It’s called WordsWest and it is being curated by literary power houses Susan Rich, Katy E. Ellis, and Harold Taw. It will take place every third Wednesday, 7pm, ... Read More

Starbird Murphy BOOK CLUB BONANZA (with Club Questions!)

photo 1Maybe the greatest honor an author can receive is when readers chose her book for their book club. I say that as a long-time member of book clubs. As a book club member who once got into a ferocious ... Read More

New School Year, New Poems from the 5th Grade!


As teachers and teaching artists all over the country ramp up into a new school year, its time to think about arts in the classroom and how they encourage critical thinking and creativity.

In addition to writing poetry ... Read More