Karen won the Indigo Dreams Collection Competition in 2011 resulting in the publication in 2012 of her first collection Counting Rain. Her second collection, The Paper House, was published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in Spring 2019. Karen is editor and publisher of the pamphlets Book of Sand, Blueshift (longlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016) and Free-fall. As an artist, she collaborated with poet Abegail Morley on her pamphlet The Memory of Water. Karen is co-editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press.
Karen’s poems have been published in South, Orbis, The New Writer, Ink Sweat and Tears, South Bank Poetry, Artemis (poem commended in Second Light poetry competition 2013 and judged by Moniza Alvi), What the Dickens? Magazine, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Prole, Amaryllis, Under the Radar, the Mary Evans Poetry blog, the Poetry Shed, Agenda, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Lampeter Review, Corbel Contemporary Poetry Series, Antiphon, The Lake, Atrium, Now Then Word Life, Riggwelter, The Poetry Village and in the following anthologies: poetry wivenhoe 2011, Heart Shoots, From the City to the Saltings, so too have the doves gone, The Chronicles of Eve, ornith-ology, Stone’s Throw, Full Moon & Fox Glove, Troubadour, Ver Poets 2017 Competition and Towards the Light.