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Karen Schnurstein's recent poetry has appeared in The Ibis Head Review, Bi Women Quarterly, and Adelaide Literary Magazine, as well as in Canadian magazines Halcyon Days and Founder's Favourites, and in U.K.-based Steel Jackdaw Magazine. Two of her early poems have been published (in Rat's Ass Review and in The Dawn Review), and another was longlisted in a Folly Journal (New Zealand) contest. Karen holds a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in World Literature from Western Michigan University, where she studied with Nancy Eimers, Jaimy Gordon, and Mark Halliday. She owes much of her literary life to her high school Language Arts instructor, Louise Garcia Harrison; however, poet Mark Richardson was her first literature professor. Louise gave the key, and Mark opened the door. Karen enjoys living with her two tabby pussycats in South Bend, Indiana. 


Karen was recently interviewed by The Dawn Review regarding her college poem "Safely Tonight, or Every Woman's Blues." Read the blog article here.