IMG_3317Karen Elizabeth Sharpe is a poet from Sterling, Massachusetts.

Karen’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in the Art with Poetry Exhibition 2017,  Worcester, MA, Verse Virtual, 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’s annual poetry contest, the Frank O’Hara Prize (judged by Hugh Ogden) and the Prentiss Cheney Hoyt contest at Clark University.  She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Karen was selected by Marge Piercy for the sixth annual Marge Piercy Juried Poetry Intensive in June 2015, and the inaugural Marge Piercy Returning Poets group in October 2016.

Karen is a regular workshop leader for the Mass Poetry’s annual Student Day of Poetry and is a member of the editorial board of the Worcester Review as a poetry reader. She is a member of the PoemWorks workshop group in Newton, MA.

Karen was a journalist for many years, writing for Worcester Magazine and the Boston Globe, and later was the editor and associate publisher of the independent newspaper family of The Lancaster Times Inc. She was named Journalist of the Year by the New England Press Association. She holds a BA in English/Creative Writing from Clark University and a MS in Applied Communications from Fitchburg State University. She is a certified by the Celebrant Foundation as a Life Celebrant and is a graduate of the two-year Priestess Path Women’s Mystery School apprenticeship.

Karen is the Assistant Vice President of Development and University Advancement at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

4 thoughts on “Poet – Writer

  1. Karen, I do not begin to have your credentials, but I am sent to you by Paula Castner. I am an emigre from Portland, OR who loves Walt Whitman and Marvin Bell and is searching for a like-minded friend. I have 3 self-published books and am hoping my mulling over Whitman will lead to a 4th. Quinton Hallett is a close friend. If you might suggest where I could find a few friends in the Clinton-Lancaster-Worcester, Boston, New England area, that would be extraordinarily helpful. I have taken the recent U of Iowa courses on Whitman and How Writers Write Poetry JimThanks for considering. Jim

  2. Hi Karen….I am a Sterling resident whose daughter is a very talented aspiring writer and poet….I am trying to encourage her growth in writing but I do not know where to begin….I would love to see her continue on this path…I really think she has potential ( and I’m not just being a proud mom lol )…We are looking forward to seeing you at Thayer on the 25’th…Emma will be bringing a sample of her writing talents..We are hoping you may be available for some input? Thank You, Erin Walsh

    1. Hi Erin!

      What a wonderful thing for your daughter to embrace! So glad you’re coming on the 25th (you reminded me I need to update this calendar). I’ll be happy to talk to Emma about poetry. See you soon.

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