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Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is due from Viking Children’s Books in 2013. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

“Finneyfrock writes poetry with muscular verve and narrative push. The depth and breadth suggested in just a few polished images placed next to each other will make you reconsider what poetry can do.”

~Paul Constant, The Stranger.

“Finneyfrock’s work strikes the perfect tonal balance of humor, devastation and real storytelling-never just using metaphor for metaphor’s sake.”

~Amber Tamblyn, Bust Magazine.

“Karen Finneyfrock is a rare example of a slam poet who writes excellent poetry,” ~ Paul Constant, The Stranger.

Karen Finneyfrock contributed a poem titled “Newer Colossus.” I’ll remember that night not for the soup or song but as the first time I heard that poem. The poets of 1968, mostly now demised, would have loved it, this evidence that their legacy is alive.
~ Regina Hackett, Art Critic Seattle Post Intelligencer


Review of “Ceremony for the Choking Ghost” in The Stranger

Review of “Ceremony for the Choking Ghost” in Bust Magazine

Interview with Karen in City Arts Magazine

Karen’s Interview on KUOW “The Poetics of Great Lyrics”

Seattle Magazine Article “Queen of the Spoken Word”

2010 Stranger Genius Awards: The Short List

Her Body Becomes a Hospital

The Man on Television

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