Karolina Manko is a Polish-born immigrant who grew up in New York. She is a writer and editor with a background in digital communications and content curation.

In 2012 Karolina received the Esther Unger Poetry Prize as well as the David Markowitz Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in various journals, anthologies, and literary magazines in both the U.S. and abroad, including: Calloused Hands, Wicked Banshee Press, Toasted Cheese, Freeze Ray Poetry, Yes Poetry, Magma PoetryDecomP MagazinE, The Rumpus, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Karolina has shared stages with notable figures and honored academics such as Barry Wallenstein, Cornelius Eady, Tracy K. Smith, and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Philip Levine. In 2016 she was a general contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Karolina has been selected as a 2017 Fellow at the BOAAT Writers’ Retreat with Eduardo C. Corral.

A former member of the Yale University Press team, Karolina has served as the Digital Media Manager for independent publisher, Tired Hearts Press; and is the former founding-editor of the online literary magazine, Ghost House Review. For several years she served as the Communications Manager at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a film-centric cultural organization redefining literacy for the 21st century. Currently she works at the Future of StoryTelling, a company interested in exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age. Additionally, Karolina continues to freelance as a writer and editor for creative, academic, and technical writing, specializing in poetic short and long form writing, academic research and writing, social media management, ad copy creation, content curation, and copywriting for both print and digital mediums.

Karolina holds a dual B.A. in Literature and Advertising from The City College of New York. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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