Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Karen Fish

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Associate Professor of Writing
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410-617-2385
410-617-2934 (fax)
kfish@loyola.edu

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
    Master of Arts Degree, Writing Seminars,  l982
  • Princeton University, Princeton New Jersey
    Independent Study, Stephen Berg, 1980
  • Beaver College, Glenside Pennsylvania
    Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 1981
    Painting & Photography/ Honors Program

Teaching Experience

  • Loyola College in Maryland (1983-current)
    Associate Professor 1990
    Director of Modern Masters Reading Series 1988-2000
  • Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
    Visiting Lecturer 1993-96
    Poetry Workshops
  • Arvon Foundation (Spring 1996)
    Week long Writer’s Conference sponsored by British Government
    Totleigh Barton Center in Devon
    Main tutors: Simon Armitage/ Karen Fish
    Visiting Writer: James Fenton

Work In Progress:

RUIN (circulating) book length manuscript of poems

Publications

Books:

  • What is Beyond Us, book length manuscript of poems, published by Harper/Collins, New York, NY  (November 1992).
  • The Cedar Canoe, published by the University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia (1987).

Magazines:

  • The Round-Up, Slate, Boston University, WWWSlate.com (November 1999).
  • “Another Republic,” Ploughshares. Special issue edited by Jane Shore and Howard Norman 1998.
  • “The Dream,” The Denver Quarterly. Winter 1998.
  • “Do You Believe in the Afterlife,” The Denver Quarterly. Winter 1998.
  • “The Nights of Knowing,” The American Poetry Review. Winter 1998.
  • “Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew,” DoubleTake, Spring 1997.
  • “Driving in Spring,” Poetry, May 1997.
  • “The Cistern,” Poetry, April 1997.
  • “The Flames Behind Your Head,” Poetry, April 1997.
  • “Seen From Faraway,” The New Republic, April, 15, 1996.
  • “Letter From The Modern World,” The American Poetry Review.
  • “The Beginning,” The Denver Quarterly.
  • “December,” The Indiana Review, Spring 1991, Volume 14, Number 2.
  • “The Annunciation,” The Indiana Review, Spring 1991, Volume 14, Number 2.
  • “Paradise,” The American Poetry Review.
  • “The Dreams,” The Paris Review, December 1989.
  • “Woods Hole: Cape Cod,” The American Poetry Review, November/December 1989.
  • “Swans,” The American Poetry Review, November/December 1989.
  • “The Backroom,” The American Poetry Review, November/December 1989.
  • “What Is Beyond Us,” The American Poetry Review, November/December 1989.
  • “Orbiting The Sun,” The Denver Quarterly, Summer 1987.
  • “Safe House: Brandon, Vermont,” The Denver Quarterly, Summer 1987.
  • “The Viaduct,” The Denver Quarterly, Summer 1987.
  • “The Tub,” The Partisan Review, Winter 1987.
  • “Irony,” The American Poetry Review, January/February 1987.
  • “Daylight In The Distance,” The American Poetry Review, January/February 1987.
  • “Dusk,” The Michigan Quarterly, (Women & Memory Issue) Winter 1987.
  • “The Good Return,” The North American Review, Winter 1987.
  • “The Middle Ages,” The North American Review, Fall 1988.
  • “Florida,” The Florida Review, Winter 1987.
  • “When The Soul Leaves The Body,” The Florida Review, Winter 1987.
  • “My Father is the Frowning Boy,” Poet & Critic, Winter 1985.
  • “The Bet: Horse in Motion,” Telescope, Winter 1985.
  • “Translation,” Kallopie, 1984.
  • “Signs of Life,” Crazyhorse, Spring 1984.
  • “Sunday Morning,” Crazyhorse, Spring 1984.
  • “Wishbone,” The Yale Review, Winter 1984.
  • “Venice, Widow In A Gondola,” The Antioch Review, Winter 1984.
  • “Approximation,” The New Yorker, April 11, 1983.
  • “Late August,” Shankpainter, Spring 1983.
  • “Catherine of Aragon,” Missouri Review, Spring 1983.
  • “Jeanne d’Arc,” The American Poetry Review, May/June 1983.
  • “The Awakening,” The American Poetry Review, May/June 1983.
  • “The Cedar Canoe,” The American Poetry Review, May/June 1983.
  • “Equivalent,” The American Poetry Review, May/June 1983.
  • “Black Ice,” The American Poetry Review, May/June 1983.
  • “Self Portrait With A Camellia Branch,” The Antioch Review, Spring 1983.
  • “The Ferry: Woods Hole,” The Antioch Review, Spring 1983.
  • “The Orchard,” The Antioch Review, Spring 1983.
  • “The Lake,” The New Yorker, August 16, 1983.
  • “The Prayer,” Ironwood, Fall 1978.
  • “My Shell Of A House,” Ironwood, Fall 1978.
  • “Black Ice,” reprinted in The Johns Hopkins University Magazine, June 1985

Professional Program Presentations

  • International Poetry Forum
    Pittsburg, Pa.  Winter 1998
  • Rome Art Center
    Rome, New York  Spring 1998
  • Johns Hopkins University  1997 Reading            
  • A Celebration of Contemporary American Poetry, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University. Readings by poets Jule Agoos, Karen Fish, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Chase Twichell, and Theodore Weiss. May, 1994.
  • United States Military Academy, West Point. The Cedar Canoe chosen as text by English Department. Two poetry readings and visits to classes. February, 1994.
  • Cuesta College, San Louis Abisbo, CA. Poetry Reading. March, 1993.
  • Poetry-In-The Schools, Philadelphia Public High Schools. Visited six classes as guest and reader. May, 1993.
  • Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Sergei Rachmaninoff concert with poetry reading. May, 1993.
  • McDonough School. Baltimore, MD. Poetry reading and dinner with students. December, 1992.
  • Arizona State University.
    Poetry Reading. 1991.
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota  1991
  • University of Southern California 1989         
  • California Institute of the Arts  1989.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1988.
  • Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 1988
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1988
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 1988
  • 92nd Street Y, New York City 1983
  • Salisbury State University, Salisbury MD 1983
  • Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Mass. 1983
  • Painted Bride, Philadelphia 1980