Bridging Writers Series
Karen Sharpe: Poetry Reading
Monday, April 4, 2016
6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thayer Memorial Library, Dexter Thayer Room
Karen Elizabeth Sharpe is a poet and writer from Sterling, Massachusetts.
Karen facilitates a Facebook poetry group with weekly poetry prompts called Karen was selected by Marge Piercy for the sixth annual Marge Piercy Juried Poetry Intensive in June 2105 and is finalizing her second book of poetry, Geography of Ruin. Karen's work is forthcoming or has appeared in Columbia Journal of Arts & Literature: Catch & Release, Canary: The Journal of the Environmental Crisis, Silkworm, The Worcester Review, the Sprinkler Factory, Triple Moon Arts, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Poetpourri, The Comstock Review, the Ledge, Yankee Magazine and in her collection, This Late Afternoon. She is a past first place winner of the Worcester Review annual poetry contest and the Prentiss Cheney Hoyt contest at Clark University. She was named Journalist of the Year by the New England Press Association.
Karen has facilitated many open mics at coffeehouses, bars and bookstores – welcoming poets to the musicians’ stage and encouraging the union of music and verse. She has organized writers’ conferences for adults and mentored young writers as part of the Worcester County Young Writers Conference; she has also worked with adults in workshops and retreats in New England.
Karen was a journalist for many years, writing for Worcester Magazine and the Boston Globe, and was the editor and associate publisher of the newspaper family of The Lancaster Times Inc.
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