Karen Macklin is an award-winning multi-genre writer. She has been published and produced professionally as a journalist, essayist, playwright, and author of creative nonfiction. Her articles have been published across the country in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Yoga Journal, and San Francisco Weekly. Her plays—which include Lotus in the Fire, Popping the Cherry, Mister President, Stranger in a Stranger Land, and Commit Me to Memory—have received readings and/or productions in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Italy. Her poetry has appeared in various journals, and she co-authored the book Indie Girl.
She earned a BA in English from State University of New York at Albany, and a MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing, both from San Francisco State University. She’s lived and traveled all over the world for exploration, volunteer work, and paid work, and spent 2006 in Guatemala City on a State Department fellowship teaching journalism.
Her work is influenced most by the urban places she’s inhabited, the years she’s spent traveling abroad, a deep love of language, and Eastern philosophy & spirituality.