Karen Poppy has work published or forthcoming as detailed below.

Highlights and Accolades

Her poems, “Austria by Train” and “Walt Whitman Celebrates Himself,” are included under Holocaust Poetry in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library and Archives in Washington D.C.

Karen Poppy’s poem, “The Aisle Not Taken,” has been chosen by the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, to read on her national radio show and podcast, The Slowdown.

Two of her poems, “Which to Prefer” and “A Horse Sees Things Differently” made it to the quarterfinal stages of the 2018 Able Write Prize for Poetry. A group of her poems have been shortlisted by The Raw Art Review for their 2018 Walt Whitman Prize for Poetry.

Other of her poems have been longlisted for the 2018 American Literary Review Contest for Poetry. One of her poems, “Standing in the Kitchen,” has been nominated for Best of the Net by The Cortland Review: Her poem, “Marina Safeway, San Francisco,” is a finalist in Naugatuck River Review’s 11th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest, and also appearing in the anthologies Fog and Light and Ferlinghetti Tribute Anthology.

Karen Poppy has two chapbooks published with Finishing Line Press, and another chapbook published with Homestead Lighthouse Press. Available chapbooks.

She has compiled her first collection of poetry, written her first and second novels, and is at work on her second poetry collection and third novel. Karen Poppy is an attorney licensed in California and Texas. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Poetry and Music Collaborations

Four of her poems are set to music for soprano (art song) by composer Myron Silberstein, and this collaboration is titled Any Moment Lonely. One of the songs has been premiered by Grammy nominated soprano Laura Dixon Strickling, and will be recorded on her album titled 40@40.

Karen Poppy’s poetry and translation collaboration with Octavio Quintanilla, “Gacela V, Del niño muerto, Un diálogo con Lorca” has been set to music by composer Myron Silberstein for two voices (duet).

List of Publications (in reverse chronological order):



  • iō Literary Journal online publication, Refractions (“Ode to Burning Survival,” forthcoming in 2022)
  • Miracle Monocle (“Better Mother,” Spring 2022 Issue:
  • Speak Poetry website (April 2022:
  • Rescued: Tales of Queers and the Animals Who Love Them (Anthology) (“Feathered Finance,” forthcoming in 2022)
  • Ferlinghetti Tribute Anthology (Jambu Press) (“Marina Safeway, San Francisco,” 2022)
  • Sinister Wisdom (“Diving at the Lip of the Water,” forthcoming in 2023)
  • Lavender Review (“Womb,” forthcoming on June 1, 2022)
  • Catamaran Literary Reader (“Lemons,” Spring 2022)
  • Sky Island Journal (“Plea,” April 2022)






The Dreamers Anthology: Writing Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank (Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh) (Epistolary piece about Anne Frank, February 2019):

Sunspot Lit (“Activation of a Sleeper Cell Poet,” Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2022):

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