Karen Benke

Karen  Benke

Karen Benke has been a Poet in the Schools, writing coach, and visiting author for over two decades, inspiring children--and even a few adults--in the craft of creative writing. She specializes in on-the-spot creative writing courses and is known for inspiring even the most hesitant writers to pick up a pen. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and national literary journals (Ploughshares, Rattle, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry Daily), and her books have appeared in FamilyFun magazine, The San Francisco Book Review, Kids' Book Review (Australia), and other publications. She operates The Writers Nest and lives north of the Golden Gate Bridge with her teenage son, magic cat Clive, and rescue dog Rasco Roon. She has received two teaching scholarships from Poets & Writers and residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Hedgebrook. Visit www.karenbenke.com to learn more about her.