#WBW = Write Bloody Wednesday — #12: Karen Finneyfrock

Continuing my series on my favorite Write Bloody poets… This week is another that I have NOT met face to face (Hey, I do like poets who I haven’t met. It happens! :-P)

From the Write Bloody website:
Karen Finneyfrock
Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. A member of four National Poetry Slam Teams, Karen has toured across the US and Canada reading poetry in bars, coffee shops, theatres and the occasional living room. Karen was honored as a “Slam Legend” at the National Poetry Slam in 2006.

I’ll be honest, Karen Finneyfrock is another like Robbie Q Telfer that has been mostly a name on a screen. I know of her more as a go to person for issues in the world of slam  and as a champion of the movement in the national community for safe spaces to perform and watch than for her poetry. She is one that after I read her insightful thoughts on poetry community issues, THEN I read/watched her work. INSTANT FANDOM. Even if you don’t agree with the pro gay lean of the poem performed in the video above, you must acknowledge the skill with which the imagery is assembled and the eery haunting quality of the calm with which Karen performs it. It’s no wonder she makes it onto my list of favorite Write Bloody poets!

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