Book Shelf

Feed: Reading Lists for Those Who Eat, very soon to be available on This little book will lead you to a wealth of information and enterainment all related to one of our most basic needs and fondest fascinations--what we eat. Includes Culinary Fiction, Food History, Memoir & Biography, Poetry, Food Science, Food Warriors, Magazines, Organizations, Blogs, etc.

The Great Hunger (poetry) was published in 2009 by Plain View Press and includes a reading list, a food manifesto, and a food timeline. The title comes, of course, from the catastrophic Irish famine, which Karen’s ancestors survived before emigrating to the States in the late 1800s. Available at and at Innisfree Books in Boulder, CO. 
Green Rider, Thinking Horse is creative non-fiction, a little bit memoir, a little bit the history of the harness-racing breed of horse, the Standardbred. For seven years Karen owned and adored a bright bay gelding named Casco. He is alive and well in Maine, because he wouldn’t fit into the suitcase when Karen moved to Colorado. He also lives--forever--in her heart and memory. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine. Order through                                                                                                                        

If you like history and mystery, Bones in the Chimney will suit you just fine. The book began while Karen lived in a tiny house in Brunswick, Maine. She wondered about the history of her back yard and in researching the area found pieces of old stories about Brunswick. These slivers of history were too delicious to ignore, so she turned them into a series of short stories and narrative poems. The book is illustrated by the late Peter Farrow. Available in limited supply through F. M. O’Brien Books in Portland, Maine. Contact

Moon Pie Press published Sostenuto in 2006. This small collection of prose poems has a quirky edge and a haunting tone. The title is a musical term that refers to a note that fades slowly and gradually, like the memory of a kiss, the taste of good wine, the echo of a satisfying poem. Order at