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.
her online: autumnkonopka.com.
from 2016 MCPL Celebrity Judge Carl Dennis:
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