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Karen Loeb

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Karen Loeb grew up in Chicago, and has called several states home since then: Ohio, Florida and, since 1988, Wisconsin. In 2008 her daughter, she, and her husband went back to China, their daughter’s birthplace, for an extended stay. Her poetry has appeared recently in The New Ohio Review, The Cape Rock, Hanging Loose and elsewhere. Five other poems about China and adoption were published in the anthology Shifting Balance Sheets from Wising Up Press. Loeb’s fiction has appeared widely in magazines, as well as winning a Minnesota Voices Project Award for her collection Jump Rope Queen. In 2014 “The Walk to Makino” won the Wisconsin People and Ideas fiction contest, and “Cantaloupe” won an Editor’s Choice Award in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Stories of hers have won PEN Syndicated Fiction Prizes, and she is a past recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship.  She teaches creative writing at UW–Eau Claire, where she is a professor emerita. Her poem "In the Science Museum" won first place in the 2016 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

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