Graduate is award-winning poet

Karen Schubert is a Youngstown State University Alumni Success Story for her award-winning poetry.

Karen Schubert

Karen Schubert, ’05

The Ohio Arts Council presented Karen Schubert of Youngstown, ’05 BA in professional writing and editing and ’07 MA in English, with a 2012 Individual Excellence Award for poetry and a $5,000 grant. The council makes the awards biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers.

Schubert also earned an MFA in 2010 from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.  She is a part-time faculty member in YSU’s English Department, teaching composition and introduction to literature, and also leads a creative writing workshop at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park, Youngstown.

Schubert has authored two chapbooks, Bring Down the Sky (Kattywompus) and The Geography of Lost Houses (Pudding House) and has had numerous poems, interviews and essays published.

“Youngstown is so artistically charged, and that makes it a great place to live. I think YSU is a big part of that,” Schubert said. “We have a music school, an art school and a creative writing program, and so year after year artists graduate and many stay, making and supporting the arts. They have innovative ideas about the physical space and about community. I love living here.”

(Previously published in YSU Magazine, Summer 2012.)