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Karen Barron

College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Kansas State University, Bachelor of Arts
Bennington College, Master of Fine Arts
Academic History

Washburn University, Lecturer, Summer 2006 - present

Washburn University, Adjunct, Fall 2005

Scholarly Interests/Activities
Fiction, Belles Lettres, Literature, Women's Literature, Creative non-fiction, Poetry Charter member of the Prairie Poets, National Conferences: AWP, CCCC.
Service Interests/Activities

Associated Writers and Writing Programs

Academy of American Poets

PEN, Associate Member


Center for Kansas Studies, Page Turner Fellow 

Woodley Memorial Press, Board Member, Co-Managing Editor (-2011)

Career Accomplishments


Barron’s fiction, creative non-fiction, & poetry have appeared in literary journals including New Letters, Terrain, The Bennington Review, The Little Balkans Review, Midwest Quarterly, Chicken Bones, etc.

Anthologies containing her work: Begin Again (poetry), “Hunting for Arrowheads,” 2011.

Voices of the Great Plains (poetry & creative non-fiction), “Grassland,” “Natural Variables,” 2011.

Kansas Voices (fiction), “Chocolate Pudding,” 2000.

Awards and Other Professional Accomplishments:

*KPR Presents: audio reading as part of National Poetry Month, excerpt of “Grassland” aired 8 April 2012.

*Finalist and publication Terrain Short Story Contest, “Controlled Burn”2011-2012.

*Numerous readings including in multiple Kansas locations with the Kansas poets from the  Begin Again anthology, “Hunting for Arrowheads,” excerpt from “Grassland” 2011-2012.

*Voices of the Great Plains (non-fiction) reading  at Washburn University, 26 October 2012.

*Symphony in the Flint Hills: Performed “Grassland” with the Prairie Poets,  11 June 2011.

*Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Contest, 2010.

*Finalist Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay “Natural Variables” New Letters 2010.

*Pushcart Prize nominee: 2010 “The Manners You Would Use for Strangers,”  The Little Balkans Review.

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