A fourth-generation Californian, Karen Benke’s the author of a poetry collection, Sister, and three popular creative writing adventure books: Rip the Page!, Leap Write In!, and the Common Core approved Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing. A writing coach, creator of the Museletter, visiting author and long-time teacher with California Poets in the Schools, she creates books for the young and young-at-heart to explore and expand their imaginations.

A recipient of a few grants and awards, and residencies from Hedgebrook and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, she works from the Writers’ Nest in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her teenage son, a rescue dog, and an inspiring cat named Clive.

 

Write Back Soon! Common Core Teacher’s Guide

Rip the Page! & Leap Write In! Sample Chapters



I’m the author of a poetry collection, Sister, and three creative writing adventure books: Rip the Page! for 8-12 year-olds (& parents/teachers) to inspire word-play at home and in the classroom; Leap Write In! for tweens and teens to experiment with the illogical and heart-space within; and Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing for anyone who has ever said, “I love getting mail!” I’m also a writing coach, creator of the Museletter, and a visiting author.  As a Poet in the Schools, I create my books with the assistance of young writers who welcome me into their imaginations and risk putting their hearts on the page.  A recipient of a few grants and awards, I’ve held residencies at Hedgebrook and Djerassi Resident Artists Program and currently work from the Writers Nest in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live with my teenage son, a magic cat named Clive, and a rescue dog, Rasco Roon.


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