Karen Weyant
MemberTeaching Artist
KJWeyant@gmail.com
A Little About Karen Weyant
From the publication of my first poem as an undergraduate student, I knew that my work was (and always will be) inspired by the world around me. I grew up in the rural Rust Belt of Western Pennsylvania, and remnants of this landscape are very much part of my poems and my personal essays. Abandoned factories, railroad tracks, splintered back porch banisters, and worn back roads are all part of my literary world. I also make people part of this landscape, as I work to incorporate the lives of blue-collar/working class workers in all writing. While I live in Warren, Pennsylvania, I am an Associate Professor of English at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. At JCC, I teach a variety of classes including English Composition, Writing About Literature, Creative Writing, and Advanced Prose. My work has been published in a variety of literary journals, and I am the author of two poetry chapbooks.
 
Mission Statement
I have always believed that art belongs to the community. In some ways, this belief is reflected in my current job teaching at a community college as most of my students are first-generation college students and have had limited exposure to creative writing, especially the art of poetry. I have also taught creative writing classes at the Warren Public Library where I reach a different variety of students. I would love to take my love of writing to a larger audience.
Awards
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, Winner of the 2011 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest; "Compromising Chiroptophobia or Why I'm Giving Up and Learning to Love the Bat," won Nassau Review's 2014 Writer Award for Prose.
Disciplines:
Literary
Specialties:
Non-Fiction, Poetry

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