About Karen Rippstein

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist who teaches writing at Westchester Community College Continuing Ed and Mainstream, Mariandale Retreat & Conference Center, the Katonah Village Library, senior centers, and the Brenda Connor-Bey Learning to See™ series. She is a recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a Poetry Caravan member.

Revising the Poem “A Different Christmas”

When Karen Rippstein wrote to me that she wanted my help in shaping a poem from a prose piece she had written about a specific Christmas with her daughter, I was intrigued. Most of the people I’ve worked with bring poems or essays and want to stick with the genre while revising.  But after writing … Continue reading

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