From saying “yes” to unconventional opportunities to finding champions, Karen Holden uses poetry and original drawings to explore and celebrate an atypical life path. A path that began with the unexpected words of a small boy and led to in a career in higher education.
Karen Holden is a poet, artist and educator. She earned a B.A. and did two years of doctoral work in Psychology before changing course to pursue adventure and the arts. She later earned a Masters in Liberal Studies. Published widely, her poetry crosses disciplines. Book of Changes is based on the Chinese I Ching, and This Music is comprised of poems written in response to music. Her artists’ book Behind My Own Disguise was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to write poems about artworks in their collection. Karen has taught writing at schools, museums and conferences, served on the faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and was Senior Writer at the USC Marshall School of Business. She is currently Communication and Social Media Specialist for CSULB Office of the President.
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