Karen Head


School of Literature, Media, and Communication Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165

Author's Bio

Karen Head is the author of our books of poetry: Lost on Purpose, Sassing, My Paris Year, Shadow Boxes, and On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year, as well as the non-fiction book Disrupt This!: MOOCs and the Promises of Technology. She coedited the poetry anthology Teaching as a Human Experience: An Anthology of Poetry, and has exhibited several acclaimed digital poetry projects, including her project “Monumental” (part of Antony Gormley’s One and Other Project) which was detailed in a TIMEonline mini-documentary. Her poetry appears in a number of national and international journals and anthologies.

In 2010 Head won the Oxford International Women’s Festival Poetry Prize. She has held residencies at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts-France. She has also taught in study abroad programs in Barcelona, Spain and Oxford, England.

She serves as editor of the international poetry journal Atlanta Review, and as secretary for the Poetry Atlanta Board of Directors. On a more unusual note, she is currently the Poet Laureate of Waffle House—a title that reflects an outreach program to bring arts awareness to rural high schools in Georgia, which has been generously sponsored by the Waffle House Foundation. She is the associate chair and an associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she also serves as the executive director of the Naugle Communication Center. For 15 years, Head has been a visiting artist and scholar at the Institute for American Studies at Technische Universität Dortmund in Germany.

She lives in Georgia.

Publications & Prizes

Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Publications, 2013)
The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2013)
Java Monkey Anthology: IV (Poetry Atlanta Press, 2012)
We Don't Stop Here (Private Press, 2008)
We Don't Stop Here: An Anthology of Poems Inspired by David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (Private Press, 2008)
Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press, 2006)
Knoxville Bound (Metropulse Publishing, 2004)
Breathing the Same Air (Celtic Cat Publishing, 2001)
Lost on Purpose (Iris Press, 2019)
MOOCs and the Promises of Technology (University Press of New England, 2017)
Teaching as a Human Experience: An Anthology of Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015)
On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year (Poetry Atlanta Press, 2014)
Sassing (WordTech Communications, 2009)
My Paris Year (All Nations Press, 2008)
Shadow Boxes (All Nations Press, 2003)
American Life in Poetry
Blue Fifth Review
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Cafe Solo
Chattahoochee Review
Connecticut River Review
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Women's Review of Books
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2010 Oxford International Women’s Festival Poetry Prize

2008 Editors' Choice for Excellence in Poetry for My Paris Year

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Last update: Apr 30, 2020