Karen Poppy has work published or forthcoming as detailed below.

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. 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:

Karen Poppy has two chapbooks forthcoming, with Finishing Line Press and Homestead Lighthouse Press.

She has recently 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.

List of Publications (in reverse chronological order):



  • Elm Leaves Journal (ELJ), An Annual Print Literary Journal (“Emily and Susie,” “Every Possible Thing,” “Snow as Stars,” “Life is Sweet,” and “Loungin’ on a Rainbow,” “Bliss” Edition, forthcoming)
  • Catamaran Literary Reader (“Telling it Slant,” Issue 27, forthcoming)
  • Speckled Trout Review (“Redwoods,” Fall 2019 Issue, forthcoming)
  • Queen Mob’s Teahouse ( “Made Plain,” “Badass Mermaid,” “Upper Antelope Canyon,” “Rebirth,” “Darkness,” and “Baffle Gate,” September 2019:
  • Cortland Review (“What We Find” and “Standing in the Kitchen,” Issue 82:
  • Martin Lake Journal (“Volcanic,” Volume II)
  • Tokyo Poetry Journal (“Truth Flashes,” forthcoming)
  • peculiar (“Sonoma Wildfire” and “Defining,” forthcoming)
  • Poetry Quarterly (“Purchased with a Higher Principle,” Spring 2019)
  • Glintmoon (“Boy Capel,”
  • Elm Leaves Journal (ELJ), An Annual Print Literary Journal (“Genesis,” “Blackout” Edition)
  • Poeming Pigeon – Sports Themed Issue (“What I Do,” May 4, 2019)
  • SLANT (“Story I Told My Son (and Truths He Told Me),” May/June 2019)
  • Blue Unicorn (“Winter’s Song in Spring” and “Coyotes,” April 2019 Issue)
  • Hinchas de Poesía  (“El ritmo de la muerte,” Issue #23, March 2019: )
  • Blue Nib Magazine (“In Case of Emergency,” “The Trail He Made In the Snow,” “Concho,” and “Your Loss, My Imperfection,” forthcoming: Issue 37, March 15, 2019:
  • Poetry Quarterly (“One Among Us,” Issue 35, January 2019:
  • Poetrybay (“Ode to a Gershwin Tune,” January 21, 2019:




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

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