Karrie Waarala’s work has appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Iron Horse Literary Review, PANK, The Collagist, Southern Indiana Review, and Vinyl. She is the poetry editor at the museum of americana and holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program at University of Southern Maine. Recipient of the 2012 Pocataligo Poetry Prize, a Best of the Net finalist, and a multiple Pushcart nominee, Karrie has also received critical acclaim for LONG GONE: A Poetry Sideshow, a one-woman show based on her collection of circus poems. She really wishes she could tame tigers and swallow swords.
Until she manages those feats of derring-do, Karrie works as a librarian and curates and co-hosts the Skazat! Poetry Series in her home state of Michigan, where she lives with and is vastly outnumbered by her books, pets, and circus memorabilia.