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Karen Kovacik was born in East Chicago and grew up in Highland, in Lake County. She’s the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Metropolis Burning, and her work has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland, and her translations of contemporary Polish poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, such as American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse and Southern Review. She’s professor of English at IUPUI, where she directs the creative writing program. In 2010, her poem “Invisible Movements” won the Moving Forward contest and will be installed along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.