Karen Benke

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Mill Valley, CA 94941

Author's Bio

Founder of The Writers Nest (an after-school hub for creatives of all ages) and long-time California Poet in the Schools, Karen Benke is the author of four books of writing adventures for children, tweens, teens, adults, and educators. All published by Roost/Shambhala/Penguin Random House: Rip ALL The Pages!, Rip The Page!, Leap Write In!, and Write Back Soon! are used internationally to inspire emerging and reluctant writers to play on and off the page.

Contributors to Karen's books include Neil Gaiman, Wendy Mass, Lemony Snicket, Avi, Annie Barrows, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lucille Cliffton, Jane Hirschfield, Gary Snyder, Natalie Goldberg, and many others.

Translations include: Chinese, Korean, and Russian.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Rip ALL the Pages! 52 Tear-Out Adventures for Creative Writers (Shambhala Publications, 2019)
Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing (Penguin Random House, 2015)
Leap Write In! Adventures to Stretch & Surprise Your One-Of-A-Kind Mind (Shambhala Publications, 2013)
Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing (Shambhala, 2010)


Nothing Short Of: Select Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost19, 2019)
WomenPrayers (Harper Collins, 2003)
Sister (Confluence Press, 2004)
Clackamas Literary Review
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Poetry Daily
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Poetry Magazine
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Runes: A Review of Poetry
Santa Clara Review
The Bark
The Ledge

More Information

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Children, Teachers
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Born in: 
San Jose, CA
Raised in: 
San Francisco Bay Area / Central Valley, CA
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Last update: Oct 05, 2019