Karen Eileen Sikola

Location Boston, MA
Occupation Editorial Assistant
Website http://trainwrite.tumblr.com/about

About Me

Karen Eileen Sikola received her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno. She now lives in Boston, where she works in publishing and conducts the lit-blog TrainWrite. Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in several online journals, including Front Porch, Monkeybicycle, Wufniks, Pure Slush, fwriction:review, Used Furniture Review, and Specter Literary Magazine.

Why do you write?

People and blank pages, of which there seems to be an endless supply of both.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Forever favorite: Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. I own (and cherish) a first printing.

New favorite: Patti Smith's Just Kids. I devoured it.

Karen Eileen Sikola's Wall

Robert Salley – Jul 13, 2011

Karen, thank you for publishing my poem "Death Along the Jersey Rails" on TrainWrite.

Robert Salley – Jul 12, 2011

Hi Karen... Love your writing. Im a big fan of TrainWrite. Nice to have a subject to work toward. Thanks!

Robert Vaughan – Mar 29, 2011


Thanks so much for taking "The Passenger" for TrainWrite. I am so grateful that you encouraged me to reconsider the second half of the story.

Keith U. – Mar 08, 2011

Hi, Karen! Thank you so much for reading "1991" - and for the star!

Karen Eileen Sikola – Mar 04, 2011

Check out the site for newly published submissions from Fictionaut folk:

"Get Me Gone" by Mark Reep

"Where We're Coming From, Where We're Going" by Len Kuntz

"Admit Nothing" by Catherine Davis

"Tangled" by Susan Tepper

"GONE" by Linda Simoni-Wastila

More to come next week!

Katie – Feb 28, 2011

Thank you for inviting me to TrainWrite. Looking through the page on tumblr inspired me immediately so I sent a piece for submission right away!

Thank you so much, and looking forward to read more from you!

stephen hastings-king – Feb 24, 2011

hello karen. thanks so much for the lovely comment on "elsewhere"...

M – Feb 22, 2011

Hi Karen! Thank you for your kind remark and fave of ash. I so look forward to reading your work. - Q

Sam Rasnake – Feb 19, 2011

Enjoyed the piece at Pure Slush - "We sat in silence, the entire train, the few other passengers in anxious wait to see if I would change my mind. We all flipped pages, glanced up at each other, looked away when noticed."

Nice work.

Darryl Price – Feb 18, 2011

People and blank pages! Oh yeah. Welcome aboard.

Karen Eileen Sikola – Feb 18, 2011

New essay up at Pure Slush! Read it, say a prayer, light a candle. http://bit.ly/eUQZvC

Soon to be deleted – Feb 16, 2011

Karen, thanks for the invite :) I'm in!

Tina Barry – Feb 15, 2011

Hi Karen,
Thanks for the invite to TrainWrite! I accept. It's an interesting premise for a lit mag.

Robert Vaughan – Feb 15, 2011

Hi Karen,

I devoured Patti Smith's Kids also. Love her. Welcome to Fictionaut!

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