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My Story

I grew up loving words, language, and rules … rules that I created and demanded my friends all follow.  That concept morphed into a hyper sense of fairness and fighting for the underdog by middle and high school.

Writing had always been a quiet background throughout my childhood and adolescence but it was in college that I developed a need to write.  The angst and turmoil and growing up all became the fuel for my poetry and short stories.  I had a published poem in college and from then on, I was hooked.  Hooked on seeing my name in print yes, but hooked on conveying my thoughts and sharing them.

Now I have had a short story award, a number of poetry readings, and have started the self publishing route.  I am very excited by the direction my work and focus have taken and I look forward to sharing more with you.



Click on the images to see the works I am currently working on.

Click on the images to see the works I have completed.






ELA Units and Lesson Plans



As a high school ELA teacher since 1996, I have utilized every method from Nancy Atwell to Common Core.  What I have found is that a blended approach of Mastery Based Teaching and Personalized Learning is the most effective. 
All my units and lessons will be listed here … there will be some free for anyone to use and some a fee to download.  Coming September 2020 

Excerpted from “Duck”


I look at you

like I look at the sun.

which is to say,

not at all,

I look away.


~Poem by Karen Eckert,

part of the Poem-Art Pairing with Peter Sowiski

from The Poeta Project by Karen Eckert

The Poeta Project:  Now a Grant Winner as of November 2018!

The Pollination Project saw Karen Eckert’s vision and awarded her the November 2018 grant for the Poeta Project.  As a direct result of this funding, Karen was able to make Poeta a reality.

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News and Media

The Poeta Project: Featured in October 2019 Issue of Buffalo Spree!

Buffalo Spree magazine generously featured Karen Eckert’s Poeta Project in October of 2019.  


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The Poeta Project Group Show at Buffalo Arts Studio!

Buffalo Arts Studio hosted the Poeta Project group show October 4 to November 1st, 2019  with an M&T First Friday reception on Friday October 25. 

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