Karen Rockwell, multi-media artist
Karen is a poet and writer who is beginning to explore the visual arts. She studied watercolour with local artist, Pina Bernardi, and has dabbled in creating visual art representations of her writing. Most recently, Karen attended a workshop with artist Katherine Roth whom introduced her to abstract techniques with multi-media, and inspired an explosion of artistic exploration. Karen is a member of the Walkerville Artists' Co-op, and The Ontario Poetry Society.
She considers her MA's death in 2008 the catalyst for taking herself seriously as a writer, and more importantly as a poet. Workshops, readings & submissions have resulted in publications and recognition, including receiving a Writer’s Reserve Grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2014; being awarded 1st Place in Room Magazine’s 2013 Poetry Contest for her poem “liquidation of the ashettes;” and first prize in Polar Expressions 2011 Short Story Contest, for her story “Remembering Corporal Yeryk."
Karen’s chapbook collection of short stories, Curious Connections, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press early in April 2016. Her work appears in Room; Morel; The Windsor Review; The Saving Bannister; Deep Water Literary Journal; offSIDE; The Grief Diaries; Napalm and Novocain; Vanessa Shields’s Poetry On Demand, vol.2, and is featured in anthologies by Cranberry Tree Press; The Ontario Poetry Society; Polar Expressions Publishing; Ascent Aspiration; Kind of a Hurricane Press, Solarwyrm Press and Womanspirit.
Karen attributes much of her inspiration to her work as a counsellor and to her colourful, many facetted, extended blended family. A lesbian poet/writer/artist, mother of six, Gaie of two, Karen lives in Windsor.
For more about Karen, visit www.karerock.com (website is still a work-in-progress).