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Karen Paul Holmes

is the author of two books of poetry, No Such Thing As Distance (Terrapin Books, 2018) and Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press, 2014). She was chosen for Best Emerging Poets by Stay Thirsty Media in 2016, and publications include Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Atlanta Review, diode, and Poet Lore. To support fellow writers, Karen started and hosts a critique group in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is also a roving writing workshop teacher. 

In her former life, Karen was VP-Communications at a global financial services corporation, where she and her creative team won international awards for advertisements, brochures, videos, and other marketing projects. Now, as owner of Simply Communicated, Inc, Karen works as a freelance business writer and communication consultant. She has helped clients win awards for highly effective communications, and her ghost-written articles have appeared in many industry publications under executive bylines. 


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Best Emerging Poets

Stay Thirsty Media

Included in "Top 10 'Red' Poems" and "Top 10 'Tea' Poems:" 

Tweetspeak Poetry

Included in "7 Reads We Recommend: National Poetry Month:"

Change 7 Magazine, 2016

Nominated for:

Pushcart Prize by Terrapin Books, 2018

Pushcart Prize by Terrapin Books, 2017

Best of the Net by Straight Forward Poetry, 2015

Best of the Net by Blue Fifth Review, 2015

Best New Poets by Lascaux Review, 2014


Finalist, Letheon Prize, 2017

Honorable Mention, Bettie Sellers Poetry Contest, 2015

Honorable Mention, Sparks Creative Anthology Contest 6, 2014

Emerging Writers grant from Elizabeth George Foundation, 2012

Second place, Atlanta Writers Club contest, 2009

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(thank you, editors!)

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Online Journals

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Print Journals

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Anthologies & Books

Articles I've Written & Interviews with Me

Subjects include: writing poetry, running a critique group, suggested reads,

divorce advice, writing through your grief, and more.