Karen wins 250-Word Bookmark Contest!

In a contest judged by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), Karen Harryman's story "The World Is Never So Kind" took top honors as winner of the first-ever Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest. In addition to a cash prize, her story will appear on a bookmark distributed to all LDM events through 2016.

Read the official announcement!

Auto Mechanic's Daughter

cover of Auto Mechanic's Daughter by Karen Harryman

Charting the vicissitudes of her own life, and the travails and triumphs of the lives of those whom she knows and loves, Karen Harryman’s poems travel great distances, both internally and geographically.

Praise for Auto Mechanic's Daughter

“In Karen Harryman’s hands everything becomes a blessing.”
—Ellen Bass, author of The Human Line and Like a Beggar

“An open, heartfelt, and unforgettable glimpse into the hardships and rewards of surviving transition.”
—Midwest Book Review

“This is an important book.”
—Kate A. Durbin, Boxcar Poetry Review

“Karen Harryman’s Auto Mechanic’s Daughter is indeed skilfully crafted, but far from any definition of experimental. What it is, simply, is beautifully written, and as solid a debut as I’ve read in some time.”
—Daniel Casey, Gently Read Literature

“Young, blunt, and adept at colorful narrative, Harryman spins poems of place and of the transition from one side of the country to another; from nearly-country to absolutely city; and from hopeful and bold single girl to someone who realizes both the cost and value of staying in a relationship.”
—Beth Kanell, Kingdom Books

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About Karen

Karen Harryman’s work has appeared in North American Review, Alaska Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Verse Daily, The Cortland Review and The Raleigh Review as well as other print and online journals. Auto Mechanic’s Daughter, her first book of poetry, was selected by Chris Abani for the Black Goat Poetry Series Imprint with Akashic Books, 2007. Before moving to California, she lived and worked in Kentucky for most of her life. She and her husband live in Los Angeles with their two young daughters and one old dog.

Photo of Karen Harryman

author photo credit: Emily Ulmer