About Karen

Karen Harryman is the author of Auto Mechanic’s Daughter, a collection of poems about place and transition written after moving from her home state of Kentucky to Los Angeles, California. Karen has studied poetry and writing with Wendell Berry, Jeffrey Skinner, Sarah Gorham, Eloise Klein Healy, Dorianne Laux, Ellen Bass, Frank Gaspar, Richard Garcia, Kim Addonizio, Cecilia Woloch, Chris Abani, Jane Hirshfield, Brian Teare, and Ada Limón. She received her MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles, and in 2007, Chris Abani selected Auto Mechanic’s Daughter for the Black Goat Poetry Series Imprint with Akashic Books. Before writing full time, Karen taught English and Creative Writing for ten years at public high schools in Kentucky and at YULA, an orthodox Jewish school in West Los Angeles. Her poetry and micro-fiction have appeared in North American Review, New Southerner, Forklift OH, Alaska Quarterly, Verse Daily and The Cortland Review as well as other print and online journals. She was a finalist for the 2015 North American Review Hearst Poetry Prize and the 2015 James Baker Hall Memorial poetry prize sponsored by New Southerner. Her work is forthcoming in Atticus and the anthology, All We Can Hold, a collection of writings about motherhood. She is married to Emmy-nominated comedy writer Kirker Butler. They are still in Los Angeles where they are raising two young daughters and a very old dog.