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 or is forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, Carolina Quarterly, Dogwood, Raleigh Review, Forklift, Alaska Quarterly, Verse Daily, North American Review and The Cortland Review among others. She is the recipient of the 2018 James Hearst Poetry Prize sponsored by North American Review. Her first book, Auto Mechanic's Daughter, was selected by Chris Abani in 2007 for the Black Goat Poetry Series Imprint at Akashic Books in Brooklyn and is available on Amazon. She lives with her family in Los Angeles. In her spare time she screens submissions for Los Angeles Review and Alice James Books. Before moving to California, she lived in Kentucky for most of her life.