Karen Leona Anderson

Professor of English | Director, VOICES Reading Series

Karen Leona Anderson


Karen Leona Anderson is the author of the poetry collections Receipt (Milkweed Editions) and Punish honey (Carolina Wren). She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University, an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her work has most recently appeared in Little Star, Alaska Review Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, The Best American Poetry 2012, and other journals and anthologies; her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Grant. She is an associate professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, an Aldom-Plansoen College Professor, and the director of the VOICES Reading Series.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Poetry
  • Environment, Science and Literature
  • 19th, 20th, and 21st century U.S. literature

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Introductory and Advanced Creative Writing
  • Environment, Science and Literature


  • B.A. in English Literature at McGill University, 1995
  • in Poetry at Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa, 1998
  • M.A. in Creative Writing at Victoria University, 2001
  • Ph.D. in English at Cornell University, 2008