Karen Blomain, novelist, professor, poet.
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Karen Blomain received a Bachelor's degree from Marywood University.
800 Linden St 18510 Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Karen Blomain received a Master's degree from the University of Scranton.
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Karen Blomain received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.
(In a small college town in Pennsylvania the lives of a bi...)
In a small college town in Pennsylvania the lives of a bigamist's wife, a Polish orphan an ex-priest and his wife - a former nun - and a mute teenage runaway intersect. The Season of Lost Children explores the question of what constitutes family and finds that the answer is often closer than we think, if only we look with and within our hearts.
In 1975, Karen Blomain received a Bachelor's degree from Marywood University. In 1978, she received a Master's degree from the University of Scranton. In 1987, Blomain received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Columbia University.
Karen Blomain worked as a professor of English and professional writing at Kutztown University. She received two PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) Syndicated Fiction Prizes, numerous fellowships, and residencies. Blomain was the recipient of the F. Lammot Belia Arts Award as well as awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Djerassi Foundation.
She published four volumes of poetry and edited an anthology of regional poetry. Karen Blomain conducted writing workshops in France, Austria, Russia and throughout the United States. Her first novel, "A Trick Of Light," first published in 2000 began what was to be a trilogy delineating the lives of three women over a period of sixty years. "The Season Of Lost Children," the second novel in the series, carried the lives of Blomain's main characters into another generation. The third book in the trilogy, "I'm Still Me," remains unfinished.
Quotations: "For me, writing is an act of uncovering what was there all along. My poems tend toward the narrative, the accessible, focusing on the emotional truth of a particular experience. I write about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations. I'm interested in setting events in motion and finding out what happens. Most of my fiction and poems have a strongly developed setting."
Karen Blomain enjoyed talking about her work and about writing in general. Her greatest joys in life were her family, her travels, her innumerable best friends and teaching how to write from the heart.
Karen Blomain was married twice. She married her second husband, Michael Downend (a writer) on January 4, 1992. Karen Blomain had three children from her first marriage: James T. McHale III, Karen Kielty Turner, Brett McHale.