Check out a couple of my recent poems published in Honest Ulsterman here.

51B3DWKZ9BL Praise for Metropolis Burning:

“The beloved and ruined cities of Karen Kovacik’s Metropolis Burning are the substance of an individual and human history of the last century. In Warsaw, Krakow, and its near-neighbor Auschwitz; in Dresden, Prague, New Orleans, Belgrade, and Cleveland, she finds “Poetic justice: where image fits idea like a workboot.” Out of her generous heart, her strict understanding of the crimp of labor on the free imagination, and her rare sense of humor, Karen Kovacik has made a gorgeous, multi-layered music I want to listen to again and again.”

—Maggie Anderson

Read review here.

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Praise for Beyond the Velvet Curtain, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize:

“Karen Kovacik is an intrepid traveller; and she jauntily crosses borders, breaches privacies, and explores the deep mysteries of sexual and cultural identity in a book that is fresh and sassy, richly felt, vividly crafted, alive.”—Edward Hirsch

“Karen Kovacik can do it all. She can write vigorous and fluent Sapphics and, a time when the pantoum seems nearly bankrupt, Kovacik writes one that holds the interest like a magnet holds iron. She can write narratives of family and sexuality that are so lavishly and densely imagined, they surge off the page.”—Lynn Emanuel

Order Beyond the Velvet Curtain here.