Karen Loeb joined the Department in 1988. Before that she taught at colleges in Florida and Chicago. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing, and while fiction writing is the form she is most active in, she has publications in poetry and non-fiction also. Her book Jump Rope Queen and Other Stories, was published by New Rivers Press after winning a Minnesota Voices Project Award. She has received Pen Syndicated Fiction awards and grants and a fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
In 2014 her story “The Walk to Makino” won first place in the Wisconsin People and Ideas” fiction competition. That same year her story “Cantaloupe” won an editors choice award from 1400 entries in the Raymond Carver fiction competition and appeared in Carve magazine.
She gives readings of her work around town, and in 2013 she joined in her third The Vision and the Word project, a collaboration between local writers and visual artists. Now a professor emerita, she still occasionally teaches. Her classes encourage, expect, and depend upon student participation. You can find a few of her short stories and poems online at the following sites:
- http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/magazine/walk-makino "The Walk to Makino" (short story)
- http://carvezine.com/2014-fall-loeb/ "Cantaloupe" (short story)
- The White Crow v5, i3 - "The Bamboo Inn
- Verbsap - "Border Skirmishes"
- Chest Journal v137, i2- “Kools in Chicago”
- "Hooves" in Volume One