Karen Skolfield’s book f3066819-8ac1-4e0c-b4f4-aa55d859a76a_1_105_cBattle Dress (W. W. Norton, 2019) won the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and is a Massachusetts “Must Read” selection.

Skolfield is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review, the 2015 Robert H. Winner award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio.

She’s received fellowships and awards  from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Split This Rock, Ucross Foundation, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems can be found in 32 Poems, Alaska Quarterly Review, Baltimore Review, BoulevardCarolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Common, Guernica, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Memorious, Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, POETRY Magazine, RHINO, Shenandoah, Sixth Finch, Slice, Sugar House Review, Superstition ReviewWashington Square Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She was the poet laureate for Northampton, Massachusetts, from 2019-2022.

Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.

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  1. Karen, loved your poem “The End of Evolution”–reminded me of Kate Wilhelm’s _Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang_ for some reason! I guess because she wrote about cloning and in your poem we had all reached the uniformity of clones. And it had the same sadly haunting tone.


  2. Dear Karen,
    Your book has been a great inspiration to me. For me, I’m drawn to the rhythm of your language as much as what you say and how you say it. Congratulations on all your successes!


  3. Dear Karen,
    Please include your wonderful poem “Excellent judgement and the best of pluck.” It was the highlight of the Amherst Town Council inauguration for many of us.


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