Karen Kelsay

Orange County, CA

Author's Bio

Karen Kelsay has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, and is the author of five chapbooks: In Spite of Her, Song of the Bluebell Fairy, A Fist of Roots, Lavender Song and Somewhere Near Evesham, plus two full length collections: Dove on a Church Bench, and Amytis Leaves Her Garden. She has been published in numerous journals and magazines including Kin Poetry Journal,The Boston Literary Magazine, Lucid Rhythms, The Lyric, The Raintown Review, and The New Formalist, and Mezzo Cammin. She is the founder and editor of Kelsay Books, and lives with her British husband in Valle Vista, California.

Publications and Prizes

Dove on a Church Bench
(Punkin House Press, 2011)
, Lavender Song
(Fortunate Childe Publications, 2011)
From the Porch Swing - memories of our grandparents
(Silver Boomer Books, 2010)
, Lilith.
(Fortunate Childe Publications, 2010)
, Postcards From Eve
(Fortunate Childe Publications, 2010)
, Tipping the Sacred Cow
(Fortunate Childe Publications, 2010)
, Vintage
(Fortunate Childe Publications, 2011)
A Fist of Roots
(Pudding House Press, 2009)
, In Spite of Her
(Flutter Press, 2010)
, Somewhere Near Evesham
(The New Formalist, 2009)
, Song of the Bluebell Fairy
(Pudding House Publications, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
Pushcart Prize nomination 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination 2010 Pushcart Prize nomination 2010 Pushcart Prize nomination 2011 Pushcart Prize nomination 2011 Fluvanna Prize ~ The Lyric 2012 Association of Mormon Letters Award for "Amytis Leaves Her Garden" 2012

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Last updated: Aug 13, 2014