Karen Loeb

Poet, Fiction Writer

Eau Claire, WI

Author's Bio

Karen Loeb finished a two-year run May 2020 as Eau Claire, Wisconsin Writer-in-Residence. Retired from teaching creative writing at UW-Eau Claire, she continues to write poetry and fiction at home. Stories and poems of hers have received an editor’s choice award in the Raymond Carver short story contest, and first place in the Wisconsin People and Ideas 2014 short story contest and the 2016 poetry contest. Her book Jump Rope Queen and Other Stories won a Minnesota Voices Project award. Her stories have also won PEN Syndicated Fiction Prizes, and she is a past recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in Hanging Loose, Gyroscope Review, New Ohio Review, Volume One, Thema and other magazines. She co-edited the 2020 poetry calendar for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets of which she’s also a member.

You can find her Snapshots collaboration with a musician and photographer by clicking on the video below.

Publications & Prizes


"What is Discarded" in OWNERSHIP (Imagination & Place Press, 2010)
Jump Rope Queen & Other Stories (New Rivers Press, 1993)
Buffalo Carp
Crania OnLine
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Philosophical Mother
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Widener Review


Alberto Tells Us About Walnuts (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2013)
Two-Piece Suite--Lake Michigan 1963 (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2012)
Walking Jiaou-Jiaou With My Daughter; The Children of the White Swan; Singing Hallelujah; Someone Told Our Daughter a Story About Ducks; Before Our Daughter Learns English; Customs--all in SHIFTING BALANCE SHEETS (Wising Up Press, 2011)
Baseball Prose Poem (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2011)
In the Back Yard Crows Gather in WHAT'S NATURE GOT TO DO WITH ME? (Native West Press, 2011)
Zippers in TOUCHING (Fearless Books, 2011)
100 Percent Pure Florida Fiction (University of Florida Press, 2000)
If I Had a Hammer (Papier-Mache Press, 1990)
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Florida English Journal
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Nerve Cowboy
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Spillway Magazine
Terracotta Typewriter
Third Wednesday
Verse Wisconsin
Prizes won: 

PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards (2); Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship; Muse and Triad Prizes from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; Fiction Contest first place 2014 Wisconsin People & Ideas; Editor's Choice Award 2014 Carve Magazine; Poetry Contest first place 2016 Wisconsin People and Ideas; radio interview: http://www.wpr.org/listen/954656 click on 18:53 minutes for beginning

More Information

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Adults, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
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Chicago, IL
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Last update: Aug 06, 2020