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Sylvia Karman

~ Writer ~




About Me

I'm a novelist and poet who lives in New York's Adirondack mountains and in central Maryland. I am grateful to enjoy hiking year round with my husband and Luna, our German shepherd mix. As a lifelong reader and a disciple of nature, I might turn to corvids or lichen or boreal forests as well as other writers for inspiration. Writing, like hiking and reading, allows me to explore life in this astounding world and helps me stay teachable about what we're doing here.




My work has appeared in literary journals, such as Delmarva Review and Blueline, and on various platforms, including Writing the Land. I've been a featured artist and guest reader for numerous literary and environmental events, such as MoCoUnderground Reading Series , Scheherazade Project #101Nights, and the Northeast Wilderness Trust Spring Speaker Series.

I'm currently querying my first novel, Ghosts of Vienna, with literary agents and working on my second novel. Ghosts of Vienna is about a young, suicidal Otto Rank who becomes Sigmund Freud's most unlikely and beloved protege until Otto's visionary ideas threaten Freud's new science. My novel is inspired by the life of Otto Rank whose work influenced a century of thinkers and underscores our conflicting need for autonomy and connection-social and spiritual.

I'm an active member of a fiction writing group and two poetry groups, one of which grew out of an Orion Magazine poetry workshop led by writer and naturalist, Elizabeth Bradfield. My professional memberships include 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 .





Current Projects

My current writing projects explore the legacy we share with the earth and our responsibilities to it and each other. I'm involved with Writing the Land which brings poets and land trusts together to raise awareness for wilderness areas and the need to protect them. Also, I am busy with a second novel about the two- and four-legged inhabitants of a wilderness region.



Luna and Me
Luna and me atop Hurricane Mountain







A Taste of My Writing





Amethyst Review: My poem "Julian of Norwich Leads Yoga" was published in the Amethyst Review on 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. These poems are due to be published in December 2021 in Writing the Land Anthology by Human Error Publishing. Proceeds from the book's sales support the work of the wilderness trusts collaborating with Writing the Land. You can order a copy here.







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






My poems "A Shouting Dream" and "Would it change a thing" were published in Delmarva Review, Vol. 12, November 2019.




Northwind Fine Arts Gallery Poetry Opening Event: Video of the collaboration between me and visual artist, Susan Whiteman, for the April 2020 Northwind Fine Arts Gallery Poetry Opening




The Scheherazade Project #101Nights: Video of my poetry reading for episode #44 of The Scheherazade Project's #101Nights. For 101 nights leading up to the November 2020 elections, the #101Nights project streamed on multiple platforms performances of storytelling by artists through various mediums--literature, poetry, dance, music, visual arts--to share our imaginations and concerns with voters, including local, State and Federal leaders.




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