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Karen Schubert

I love light - the way it changes what we see. In rain, colors are richer; in winter, the light seems to come right from the horizon, illuminating what's hidden by summer exuberance. I love the light of stars, crystal reflection of snow, and the pink morning. We have so many metaphors for light; when something is "seen in a different light," we are turning it in our minds to new awarenesses. On these dark days of northeast Ohio, I miss the open sky of Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona, all that light.

Recipient of a 2012 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in poetry and a 2013 residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, Karen Schubert is author of Bring Down the Sky and The Geography of Lost Houses. Her work appears in AGNI online, MiPOesias, DMQ, Water~Stone Review, diode, Zoland Poetry, Artful Dodge and others. She currently teaches English at Youngstown State University.

"In her first full-length collection, Karen Schubert works “Elbows deep in compost,” sifting through that which accumulates with the passage of time, the fecund and dangerous accumulations of a life: memory, regret, joy, and loss.  Schubert’s fertile reflections by turns witness, correct, and renew the past, her patient gaze transforming both observer and observed.  This collection runs through the events of a life like the Ohio River runs through Schubert’s native terrain, and like that river “it will arrive / with more than when it started.”

Kimberly Johnson

author of Uncommon Prayer