Karen Corinne Herceg graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Literature & Writing and has graduate credits in editing, revision and psychology. A recipient of N.Y. State grants, she has featured at major venues such as The N.Y. Public Library, The Queens Museum, The Provincetown Playhouse, St. John’s University, Binghamton Community Poets and many others with such renowned poets as Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Philip Schultz and poet William Packard, founder of The New York Quarterly. She has studied with David Ignatow, Philip Schultz and novelist Glenda Adams. Karen was co-founder and editor of The First East Coast Theatre & Publishing Company which published poetry by Anna Adams, Stuart Kaufman, Roger Steigmeier and a novel by Charles Powers.
Her first volume of poems is Inner Sanctions. Nirala Publications released her second book, Out From Calaboose: New Poems, in November 2016 with edits by Linda Gray Sexton, bestselling author and daughter of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton and a Foreword by poet and translator Roberta Gould. Of her book OUT FROM CALABOOSE, Sexton states: Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem. What I wove through during the course of that reading was a feast: imagery fine enough that it startled; rhythms that wove from poem to poem, joining all their music together; and language so sleek that not one word had been left standing if it ought not to be. In this collection, Herceg brings us her life and all its many emotional truths, some ugly, some beautiful, but all revealed with restraint--so that by book's end, we are left in wonder.
Karen publishes poetry, prose and essays in a variety of magazines and literary journals. Her most recent publications include Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket, The Avalon Literary Review, MockingHeart Review, Badlands, The Furious Gazelle, The Writing Disorder, Literary Mama, Front Porch Review, Luna Luna, Reminisce (a publication of Readers Digest), Orange Sullivan Magazine, Chronogram and several publications in the U.K. Her work is read on various radio broadcasts, and she has been interviewed by The Epoch Times. Karen is currently working with Khalilah Ali, writing her memoirs as the former wife of the legendary Muhammad Ali.
In "another life" Karen was an executive assistant to global CEOs and top figures in entertainment and politics. Currently she is also co-founder and a producer with Classic Rock Legacy, a production company of professional musicians and award-winning industry professionals who produce concert events of classic rock music faithful to the original music.
Karen is a member of The Academy of American Poets, PEN America, The Poetry Society of America, The Woodstock Poetry Society and C.A.P.S., is listed with Poets & Writers and is a featured poet on the New York poetry scene. Her website is: www.karencorinneherceg.com and you can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.