Karen Holden


California US

Author's Bio

Karen Holden is a poet, artist and educator. 


Published widely, her work crosses disciplines. Her most recent book This Music is comprised of poems written in response to classical, jazz and alternative music. Book of Changes is a volume of 64 poems based on the ancient Chinese text I Ching. And the limited edition artists’ book How Love Comes Home: Los Angeles in Four Voices weaves family story into the history of Los Angeles using poetry, essays and images. 


She was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to write a series of poems to artworks in their permanent collection. The poems are included in the museum’s mobile tour. She was also privileged to speak at TEDxCSULB where she recalled her life’s journey using poetry and drawings in “The Poem That Is My Life.”


Karen taught creative and persuasive communication at schools, museums and conferences, was on the faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, was Poet-in-Residence at the Long Beach Museum of Art, and handled communications and social media for the president of a large public university, among other life adventures. 

Publications & Prizes

Literature (Pearson Education, 2019)
Looking For God in All the Right Places (Loyola Press, 2004)
Teen Sunshine Reflections (HarperCollins Publishers, 2002)
Prayers For A Thousand Years (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999)
Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry (West End Press, 1989)
Under the Bridge of Silence (California Poets in the Schools, 1986)
The Southern California Anthology (University of Southern California Press, 1985)
Book of Changes (North Atlantic Books, 1998)
Black Clock
California State Poetry Quarterly
Furry Chiclets: A Lawpoets Creation
In the Grove
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Phi Kappa Phi Forum
Poetry Flash
Sculpture Gardens Review
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Last update: Aug 04, 2019