A life-long writer, Karen Warinsky was selected to participate in Canadian poetry magazine The Arc’s emerging writer program in 2011. That same year on a whim she entered a poem in the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Contest where her piece, “Roodhouse” was long-listed. Two years later she was named a finalist in the Montreal contest for her poem “Legacy,” and those top 50 entries were published in an anthology by Véhicule Press.
Last year (2020) her debut collection, Gold in Autumn, was published by Human Error Publishing. Prior to that she published widely including a short story about her grandmother featured in Dear Nana, (Pegasus Books) two poems in the 2017 anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, (a book of poems by over 160 international poets, the first of its kind on nuclear war and all things related to the nuclear age), a poem in the February 2018 edition of Blue Heron, and works in 2017 and 2018 editions of Light; a Journal of Photography and Poetry, based in New York City. Recent work has also appeared in Poetica Publishing’s 2019 Mizmor Anthology, Deep Wild Journal, Honoring Nature, and Circumference. Warinsky has also participated in the livestream Rattlecast of the program “Poets Respond” created by Rattle magazine, and has read work in the open mic sections of Wednesday Night Poetry out of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Arts by The People (New Jersey) and O’Beahl (Cork, Ireland) all which went online during the pandemic.
Warinsky frequently participates in readings and has read her work in New York City and at several venues around Central Massachusetts including the Great Falls Word Festival at Turners Falls, Mass. She currently organizes poetry readings of regional poets at Roseland Park in Woodstock, CT where she lives. Her work centers on mid-life, relationships, politics, and the search for spiritual connection through nature.
A native of Illinois, Warinsky lived in North Dakota, Washington State, and Japan before landing in her current base of Connecticut. She has worked in public relations, radio, television and print media, and retired from teaching high school English in 2020. She holds a BS in Journalism from Northern Illinois University and received her Master of English degree from Fitchburg State University.