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Originally from Austin, TX, Karyna McGlynn is a writer, professor & visual artist living in Memphis. Her newest poetry collection Hothouse (Sarabande Books 2017) is a New York Times Editor's Choice. Her other books include 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 2014) and Scorpionica (New Michigan Press 2007). Her poems have recently appeared in Ploughshares, New England ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewGeorgia Review, Black Warrior ReviewSubtropics, AGNI, Witness, Ninth Letter, and The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day


Karyna holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, and earned her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Houston where she served as Poetry Editor and Managing Editor for Gulf Coast. Karyna has been a member of five National Poetry Slam teams, and was a finalist for the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her 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, a Cullen Foundation Fellowship, the Zell Fellowship in Poetry, the Hopwood Award, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and visiting professorships at Illinois College & Oberlin College. Karyna is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Christian Brothers University in Memphis and teaches with Tennessee Young Writers Workshop.  


Current projects include the anthology Clever Girl: Witty Poetry by Women (co-edited with Erika Jo Brown), several analog collage series, a book about Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonte, and a new full-length poetry manuscript, 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse.  

Karyna can be contacted directly at karynamcglynn at gmail dot com

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