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Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Karen Chase

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Karen Chase lives in The Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. She is the author of two collections of poems, Kazimierz Square and BEAR as well as Jamali-Kamali, a book-length homoerotic poem which takes place in Mughal India. Her Ippy award-winning book, Land of Stone, tells the story of her work with a silent young man in a psychiatric hospital where she was the hospital poet. Polio Boulevard, a memoir, came out in 2014, followed by FDR on his Houseboat:The Larooco Log.


Among her honors, she has been a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, The Sanskriti Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including several from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and The Rockefeller Foundation. For over a decade, Chase was the Poet-in-Residence at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, teaching poetry writing to severely disturbed psychiatric patients. Then she founded and ran the Camel River Writing Center. Twice she has served on the resident faculty of The Robert Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire and now serves as a trustee of The Amy Clampitt Fund, whose mission is to benefit poetry and the literary arts.