Karen Steinmetz

Karen Steinmetz, MFA

Lecturer in Writing, Academic Writing Program

Library 123
Monday 4:15-5:15PM; Tuesday 12:30-1:30PM & 4:10-5:10PM; Thursday 12:00-1:00PM

About Me

Karen Steinmetz is a poet and novelist. The Mourning Wars, her novel published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2010, draws on research interests in anthropology and Native American, colonial, and Jesuit history. Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Coal Hill Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Illuminations: an International Magazine of Contemporary Thought, and So To Speak: a Feminist Journal of Language and Art, among other journals. Before coming to Manhattanville, Professor Steinmetz worked as a free-lance editor while raising two children. As a research associate funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she co-chaired a year-l­­ong seminar on mass media at the New York Institute for the Humanities with anthropologist Mary Douglas and co-authored a chapter in The Future of Broadcasting: Essays on Authority, Style, and Choice, part of a series of anthologies based on BBC symposia and published by Macmillan, UK.

As a part of the Manhattanville Community, Professor Steinmetz lead the philosophy dimension of the College’s Foundations of Excellence initiative and attended the FOE Symposium in Denver. She has taught courses in the College’s First Year Program, Academic Writing Program, and the undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing programs.

Master of Fine Arts, Manhattanville College
Bachelor of Arts, New York University
Feature Publications


The Mourning Wars

"Annunciation" and "Threshold"

Coal Hill Review

Read the poems here.


Cortland Review

Read it here.


"An Evening in Celebration of Marie Ponsot"

Best American Poetry

Read it here.