Dr. Karen Lowry is a a freelance writer and web designer based in Perth, Western Australia. She works as design lecturer at SAE Institute where she teaches motion graphics and web design.

Karen has a PhD in digital poetry from Curtin University and was the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award and Curtin Research Scholarship. In 2017, she co-directed the inaugural Literary Youth Festival in Perth, which was held as part of Propel Youth Arts' KickstART Festival. In 2012 and 2013, she coordinated the WA Poetry Festival for WA Poets Inc, also serving 2 years as co-chair. In 2017 she collaborated with author, David Wright, to create a digital interface for his novella Paige & Powe, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards. Karen was also a top 20 Finalist in the AMPlify Festival’s Bright Sparks PhD Pitching competition in 2015 and was highly commended in the 2013 Poetry d'Amour Love Poetry Competition for "Hinge". Karen has showcased her work at the National Young Writer's Festival, Noted Festival, Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Trobadour Poets and Paris Lit Up, among others.

Karen has been working in curriculum development, researching how higher education can utilise artificial intelligence to make students more effective learners. She is also working on her first novel.

"Well, write poetry, for God's sake, it's the only thing that matters.'"

e.e. cummings


Flat wine and Tequila. Snap Journal 2016.

Solar Power. In Capes, A & Linford, B. (Eds.), Poetry and Place Anthology 2015.

Past Lover. Recoil 7. Perth, Western Australia: Mulla Mulla Press.

Ex-Boyfriend. Incisors and Grinders 2015: Idenity. Melbourne, Victoria: Monash Creative Writers.

Sixty Years. In Sharkey, M. (Ed.), Australian Poetry Journal 5(1). Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Poetry Ltd. 2015.

Mr Harwood. In, Lateef, A. (Ed.), WRIT Poetry Review 2. Perth, Western Australia. 2015.

6 months after my friend hangs himself. Poetry d’Amour 2014: Love Poems for Valentine’s Day. Perth, Western Australia: WA Poets Inc. 2014

Hinge. In Haskell, D. (Ed.), Poetry d’Amour 2013: Love Poems for Valentine’s Day. Perth, Western Australia: WA Poets Inc. 2013. (Highly Commended)

A full publication list is available on request

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

George Orwell


Designing courses for the future: using artificial intelligence to make students more effective learnersTertiary Education Management Conference, Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) and the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA), Perth. September 2018.

Metalepsis and the Digital Verse Novel: The Role of Electronic Literature and Game Techniques in Poetry. The Great Writing Conferece, London. June 2015.

“You Can Slam Poetry and Not Slam the Door on Slam Poetry.” The Conversation. 5th April 2015

“Poetry and Video Games.” The Postgraduate Bulletin. Ed. Mudhan, Keturah. Curtin University Postgraduate Student Association. December 2014.

Developing Digital Poetry: Utilising Gaming Techniques to Write About Suburbia. Rites of Spring, Curtin University. November 2014.

“Interview: Grinspoon Play the One Movement Music Festival for Perth.” Space Ship News. October 2010.

“Interview: Karnivool.” Spaceship News. June 2010.

“Cat Empire.” Grok Magazine. Ed. Sullivan, Tegan. Curtin Student Guild, Issue 3: June 2010.

“Angels of Northbridge.” Grok Magazine. Ed. Dennis, Jake. Curtin Student Guild. Issue 4: October 2009.

A full publication list is available on request