Karina will be a presenter at the Muse & the Marketplace Writing Conference, April 6-8 2018. Her lecture, "Queerer Than Fiction: The Importance of Realistic, Integral LGBT Characters" will discuss the way in which queer characters in fiction are more valuable than ever to reach a wider audience, diversify the world of the work, and provide representation to a marginalized community. She will co-present with author and editor Lisa Rosinsky.
"The Fantasy of Hans Christian Andersen," a poem by KH van Berkum, is a finalist for the Rhysling Award awarded by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. This poem is also published in Strange Horizons Poetry and can be heard aloud on the journal's podcast, #22.
The Breakwater Reading Series has completed its 2016 season at the Brookline Booksmith bookstore in Coolidge Corner. Karina has been happy to be an organizer of this wonderful local event for the year, as well as a moderator, editor, and reader of her own work.
Karina has been awarded the Hurley Prize in Poetry by Boston University Director of Creative Writing Xuefei Jin, Karl Kirchwey, and former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.