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.
CUPS OF COFFEE
~Poem by Karen Eckert,
part of the Poem-Art Pairing with Peter Sowiski
from The Poeta Project by Karen Eckert
Echo Through Me, a book in publication through Rock, Paper, Safety Scissors Publishing, is now available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The work features Karen’s poetry from the first round of The Poeta Project with the accompanying artwork.
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.
The second round of Poeta showcases at the Burchfield Penney Art Center March 12, 2021 – June 27, 2021 and features established artists and poets, including Karen Eckert.
Buffalo Spree magazine generously featured Karen Eckert’s Poeta Project in October of 2019.
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.
"Karen Eckert has an incredible ability to capture the nuances of being a woman. Both her essays and her poetry are raw, sensitive and moving."
"Karen's novella, Monster, moved me. I finished the piece and then immediately wished she would write a sequel so I know where the characters go next!"
"Fantastic. Karen's poems touch on the heart of who we really are and echo with you after you've read them."
"Karen's writing amazes me. She can put into words exactly what you are feeling and thinking, but couldn't express. Bravo!"