Welcome to my website. People often say, write about what you know. I say, write about what you want to learn, and bring others on the journey with you. The same goes for any creation. We need to extend beyond ourselves to be ourselves, and invite others to accompany us.

My interests are always expanding. Currently, I am focusing on writing my third novel and my second collection of poems, as I continue learning about marathon swimming, artisan soap-making, equestrian pursuits–and always, poetry.

My poetry chapbook CRACK OPEN/EMERGENCY is now available, and more books are forthcoming.

Crack Open/Emergency by Karen Poppy


Although the language of Karen Poppy’s poetry is beautifully lyric and classical pure, she wants us to attend to her silences—the spaces between words, between lines, between stanzas and poems. A lawyer, she knows how cruelly words can be divided against themselves, that one can become “ashamed that you did not believe less” in them. But her silence is indisputable and clear. It fills us with “noiseless ecstasy.”

–David Bergman, author of poetry titles including Fortunate Light (A Midsummer Night’s Press), Heroic Measures (Ohio State University Press), The Care and Treatment of Pain (Kairos Editions), and Cracking the Code (George Elliston Poetry Prize), and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for his anthology Men on Men 2000.

Karen Poppy‘s poems are lush, lustrous and defined, all at once. One can taste the pebble in the mouth that confronts Goliath, smell the blood stains of post mortem life. These are poems that excite, reveal and inspire, charging us with electric appreciation. What an amazing collection.

–Rene Denfeld, internationally bestselling author of the novels The Child FinderThe Enchanted, and The Butterfly Girl, and winner of the prestigious French Prix award.

Please contact me at poppy.karen@gmail.com. Please note that all content on this website is copyright protected, including the photographs.