University of Iowa

Karen Subach

Karen Subach (M.A., Oxford University; M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop) is a poet and fiction writer with a background in languages, medieval literature, and collage. She has been on the English and English for Non-Native Speakers faculties of a number of institutions, including Westminster College, Washburn University, The University of Kansas, and Coe College. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry ReviewCimarron ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewKalliopeNew LettersNorth American Review, and other journals and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Editor’s Choice Awards. Karen’s chapbook, Mysteries, was a finalist in Finishing Line Press’s Open Competition and received commendation from W. S. Merwin and Dana Gioia. She has been a writing resident at Yaddo, a scholar for the Poets in Person Series, and a poetry scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Excerpts of Karen’s novel, Divine Providence, have been published in Roanoke Review and New England Review. Karen makes her home in beautiful Salt Lake City, where she works with the hearing impaired community, teaches, edits, and creates unique art objects with paper ephemera. She joined the Festival in 1988 and is always delighted to return to Iowa City.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Instructor(s): 
Karen Subach

“I would like to watch you sleeping, which may not happen.”

“My heart has made its mind up, and I’m afraid it’s you…”

“I will come out to meet you, as far as Cho-fu-sa.”

“Real events don’t have endings. / Only the stories about them do.”