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Sylvia Karman

~ Writer ~


I'm a poet and novelist who hikes and writes for the love of the journey. I live in the New York Adirondacks and in central Maryland with my husband, Scott, and our German Shepherd mix, Luna.

My work appears in Delmarva Review, Blueline, Embark Literary Journal, and Amethyst Review, among others. I'm a contributing poet with Writing the Land, a collaborative project with land trusts to protect and raise awareness for wilderness areas. The 2021 anthology of Writing the Land: Northeast features poetry I wrote for that effort.
Currently, I am querying my first novel, "Ghosts of Vienna," and working on my second novel. "Ghosts of Vienna" involves a troubled, young Otto Rank who becomes Sigmund Freud's most unlikely and beloved protégé until Otto's visionary ideas threaten Freud's new science. Inspired by the life of Otto Rank whose work influenced a century of thinkers, the novel explores our need for autonomy and connection, both spiritual and social.

I am a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Historical Novel Society, Adirondack Center for Writers, Maryland Writers' Association, and the Writers' Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Luna and Me

Luna and me atop Hurricane Mountain


Here are some of my publications with links to the piece when possible.

River Heron Review - "Herself as Northern Wilderness"
Issue 5.2 August 1, 2022

Amethyst Review: "Minks" on November 5, 2021.

Embark Literary Journal: an excerpt of my novel "Ghosts of Vienna," Issue 15, October 2021.

Amethyst Review: "Julian of Norwich Leads Yoga" August 8, 2021.

Writing the Land: Three poems written for Eagle Mountain Wilderness, one of several collaborations between Writing the Land and the Northeast Wilderness Trust, appear on the Writing the Land website along with a video of my reading "Hiking Eagle Mountain Wilderness" onsite at the Eagle Mountain Preserve. The 2021 anthology Writing the Land: Northeast includes my Eagle Mountain series of poems. Proceeds from the book's sales support the work of the wilderness trusts collaborating with Writing the Land. You can order a copy here.

Blueline: "Nostalgia for the Moment (Pettigrew Brook near Cooper Kiln Pond in Essex County, NY)" Volume 40, June 2019.

Delmarva Review: "A Shouting Dream" and "Would it change a thing" Vol. 12, November 2019. The Talbot Spy republished "Would it change a thing" October 10, 2020.


Here's a list of most of the events where I've read or plan to read my work. Link to a video provided if available.

Upcoming! I'll be doing a solo reading in Potsdam, NY at the Potsdam Public Library at 6pm on Tuesday May 21st, 2024.

Authors and Artists Festival 2023 - November 4, 2023. Join us for art and readings on Rewilding!

Poetry Meets Art 2023 - NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery annual event held at Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY - April 28, 2023. Reading ekphrastic poems written in response to works created by NWFA Gallery artist Shawn Halperin.

Poetry Meets Art 2022 - NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery annual event held at Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY - April 22, 2022. Reading ekphrastic poems written in response to works created by NWFA Gallery artists Susan Whiteman and Shawn Halperin.

Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference - March 26,2022. I read my work and led a poetry writing exercise with Kathy Kremins as part of our presentation with Lis McLoughlin, founder and director of Writing the Land, on how Writing the Land collaborates with land trusts.

Authors and Artists Festival 2022 - February 27, 2022. Video of my reading here.

The Northeast Wilderness Trust Annual Spring Speakers Series - May 26, 2021. Video of my reading here.

The Scheherazade Project 101 Nights: June-November 2020. Video of my poetry reading for episode #44 of The Scheherazade Project's 101 Nights here.

NorthWind Fine Arts Annual Event Poetry Opening - April 2020. Ekphrastic poem written in response to work by NWFA Gallery artist Susan Whiteman. Video of Susan's painting and my reading here .

Thanks for stopping by. You can reach me on Twitter and Facebook.