Karen Guzman’s debut novel, Homing Instincts, won Fiction Attic Press’ 2013 First Novel Contest. It was published in November 2014.

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Karen Guzman has also published short fiction in a number of literary journals, including Many Mountains Moving Press and Words & Images. Check out her work in Melusine and in a Main Street Rag anthology. Karen’s short story collection, Pilgrims and Other Stories, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award in 2006.

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In 2013 Karen teamed up with her old MFA program buddy and editor extraordinaire, Cathy Cruise,  to launch the writing blog WriteDespite.org. The blog started with a simple premise: challenging writers to spend twenty minutes every day writing or…at least thinking hard about writing. Karen and Cathy succeeded–to varying degrees–and shared the journey with their followers.


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Write Despite is now a forum that supports, inspires and still kinda challenges writers to live up to their potential. Check us out and join our community.