Karyna McGlynn

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Madison, WI 53704

Author's Bio

Karyna McGlynn is the author of two books of poetry, Hothouse (Sarabande Books, 2017) and I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl (Sarabande Books, 2009), as well as three chapbooks: The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost on Her Way to the Execution (Willow Springs Editions, 2015), Alabama Steve (Sundress, 2014) and (Scorpionica (New Michigan Press, 2007). Her poems have recently appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, West Branch, Black Warrior Review, Subtropics, AGNI, Witness, Ninth Letter, The Literary Review, and The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day.

Karyna holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, and recently earned her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Houston where she served as Poetry Editor and Managing Editor for Gulf Coast. A veteran performance poet, Karyna has been a member of five National Poetry Slam teams and was a finalist at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is currently the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing where she serves as Senior Editor for Devil's Lake.

Publications & Prizes


Hothouse (Sarabande Books, 2017)
I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl (Sarabande Books, 2009)
The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost On Her Way to the Execution (Willow Springs Editions, 2016)
Alabama Steve (Sundress Publications, 2014)
Scorpionica (New Michigan Press, 2007)

Spoken Word

The Stadler Center Slam at Bucknell (2013)
Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals (2008)
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Karyna's honors include the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry, the Academy of American Poets' Prize, the Marion Barthelme Award for Editorial Excellence, the Claridge Residency, a Cullen Foundation Fellowship, a Zell Fellowship in Poetry, and a Hopwood Award.

More Information

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English, French
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Austin, TX
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Last update: Nov 25, 2015