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2016 MCPL POET LAUREATE

Autumn Konopka AUTUMN KONOPKA
Autumn Konopka is a poet, mother, teacher, and coffee addict. Her poems have appeared in Literary Mama, Crab Orchard Review, Philadelphia Stories, Apiary, Mad Poets Review, and others. In 2014, her chapbook a chain of paper dolls was published by the Head & the Hand Press. She has an MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she focused on memoirs in verse as well as the intersection of socio-economics and poetry. A grammar geek to the core, Autumn teaches creative writing, composition, and critical reading in Philadelphia. She lives with her family in Glenside, where she is sustained by reading with her kiddos, making sweet treats, running until her legs ache, and watching embarrassingly bad tv.
Find her online: autumnkonopka.com.

 

Statement from 2016 MCPL Celebrity Judge Carl Dennis:

"These poems manage to confront the realities of teaching in the midst of urban blight, poverty, and violence with a distinctive personal voice that avoids political rhetoric. Thoughtful, self-critical, often self-mocking, they enact a lively engagement with those who are trying not merely to defend themselves but to give their lives purpose and possibility."

 

POEMS:

Philosophy of Baking

Hush

The girl who isn’t pretty

WEBSITES:

autumnkonopka.com
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MCPL POET LAUREATE
  2016 - Autumn Konopka
  2015 - David Escobar-Martin
  2014 - Kristina Moriconi
  2013 - Glenn McLaughlin
  2012 - Liz Chang
  2011 - Amy Small-McKinney
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