Who knew writing about yourself is the hardest writing of all?
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
Phase One is a collaborative project between myself, as the poet, and 22 other artists. Each artist will receive one of my original poems and will be asked to create a unique artwork based on their interpretation of my poem. In turn, each artist will provide me with a unique artwork and I will write an original poem based on my interpretation of the piece. The poems and corresponding artwork will be shown in a group exhibition.
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"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!"