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ABOUT:
Karina's writing delves into life experiences, human perspectives, and the human condition. As a writing coach and consultant, she nurtures writing development, provides solutions for overcoming writer's block, assists in establishing writing routines to meet goals, and cultivates confidence in writers. Through her workshops, her aim is to inspire writers to tell their stories

BIO:
Karina Guardiola-Lopez, MSED, is a Honduran- American published poet, educator, and author from New York City and now living in New Jersey. Her works have appeared in Wingless Dreamer (2024), Sad Girl Diaries (2024), New Brunswick Library (2023), Hive Avenue Journal (2022), LaLiberta Online (2021), For Women who Roar, (2020), Great Weather for Media (2020), Indolent Books (2020), and many others. She has featured at renowned venues like The NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island, Caribbean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute, The National Black Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, The Bronx Museum, and other locations. 

Karina has created a collection of poetic stickers, magnets, and a card deck meticulously designed to ignite the creative spark within fellow writers, serving as both inspiration and motivation to embark on their own storytelling journeys. 


BEYOND WRITING:
Karina has  also developed multiple forms of expressive outlets and platforms including writing workshops, open mics, poetry readings, and plays. She has served a poetry judge for Urban Word NYC, The Children's Aid Society, and Hostos Community College. She is currently the social media manager and tech support for the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). 

EDUCATOR:

With over 18 years of expertise in education, Karina has served as an Education Director and Teacher across elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Currently, she contributes her wealth of knowledge to Higher Education at the City University of New York (CUNY).

 
THE PEN, PAD, and POET SERIES:
Karina spearheaded The Pen, Pad, and Poet series, a multifaceted initiative offering publishing, poetry workshops, and performances tailored for teens. Expanding its reach, the series has birthed Pens, Pads and Poets on Facebook, a hub of resources for writers.

Amidst the pandemic, Karina extended the workshops to include adults. Dive into one of her workshops for an enriching experience. WORKSHOPS


LIVE BIG GIRL: 
From 2016 to 2019, Karina took on multiple roles as a writer, actor, marketer, content creator, and co-author of Live Big Girl.  Along with Vanessa Chica and Rebeca Lois Lucret, this movement encompassed writing workshops, poetry, and a poetic play, directed by Peggy Robles Alvarado. Exploring the theme of self-celebration in a society that often overlooks certain bodies, the poetic play garnered immense popularity, selling out at The National Black Theater, BAAD Theater, and The Tank Theater.

 

Additionally, poetry readings were conducted at York College, Capicu Culture, and the NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island. Delve into past shows and updates on the current sequel at  https://livebiggirl.wixsite.com/livebiggirl

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Writing at the age of 2 in Flattbush Brooklyn,
New York City

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Poetry Reading at the National Black Theatre,
Harlem New York City in 2015

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Feature at the 9th Annual Poetry Festival in Govenors' Island, NY in 2018

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Facilitating a Live Big Girl Workshop at ID Studio, Bronx New York in 2018

Interviewing at the Hip Hop Film Festival at the National Black Theatre in 2017

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Live Big Girl play at National Black Theatre in  December 2017 (Clockwise order) Karina, Vanessa Chica, Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Rebeca Lois Lucret,

My latest projects
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