Kari Nguyen lives in New England with her dog, husband, daughter, and twin baby boys. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a two-time prize winner in the Glass Woman Prize. Her writing has received recognitions from Glimmer Train, The Binnacle, and New Hampshire Writers Magazine, and over twenty-five of her stories have been published in online and print journals, including Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, and Istanbul Literary Review. A collaborative story is included in The Exquisite Quartet Anthology 2012, edited by Meg Tuite and available through Lulu. Kari is the former Nonfiction Editor for Stymie: A Journal of Sport and Literature where she also directed Stymie's "Why I Write" web series.
Thanks, Kari. Nice that you liked so many things about Breaking in Print, such a small piece.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on Steam. I also loved Breaking Curfew.
Thanks, Kari, for the fave on my little Afghanistan story. Hope to see something of yours at CPR someday.
Hi, Kari! Thank you so much for reading and enjoying "Huntingtons." Your comments mean so much. Thank you again. HM
Kari, thanks so much for commenting on my story about my travels. Glad you liked it.
Hi Kari, thanks for asking. My next book will be out in late February, in time for AWP (fingers crossed!)
thank you kari, for coming out to comment & congratulations on the interview on the blog!
Thanks, Kari, for the kind words and fave for "Baby, Baby..." I appreciate it!
Thanks for the great comment on and fave of "Before the Door," Kari.
Hi Kari: Thank you for seeking out "June, Texas, 1993." I'm happy it works for you on different levels. It was indeed about my father, whom I still miss as though I lost him yesterday, but I wanted it to be about all fathers as well, and perhaps I managed to pull it off. Thanks again.
Thanks, Kari, for commenting on "Love and How It Gets That Way."
Hello Kari - thank you so much for taking time to read and comment on 'Duet' - much appreciation.
Kari: Happy you liked "2008..." I appreciate your time and attention to this painful piece.
Thank you so much for commenting on "Three Stories of You." I'm glad you liked it.
thank you, word magician, for your wonderful comment on "A Fable Of Leaves."
Hi kari, thanks so much for your comment on my poem today! I like what you said about it feeling atmospheric. That is really wonderful and it helps to hear it. best, meg
Thank you for reading September 11, 2001.
There she is, Kari, and definitely worth putting on display.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Tortillas" and "Felder on Ice." and congratulations on the new arrival. What, no pictures?
Kari, Thanks for the rave review for "Visiting Sally." I appreciate it.
Thanks for reading and commenting on 1987, Kari!
Hi Kari, thanks for reading The Pretenders - I really appreciate you taking the time, and thanks for the comment, too! fos.
Hi Kari, thanks so much for readin' and appreciatin' Las Vegas!
Thank you for reading Temp. P. - & of course, I'm hugging your comment! X
Thanks, Kari, for your comment on "We Must Be Carefully Taut." I appreciate it.
Hi Kari: Thanks for your kind words about "The Human Condition." They made my day.
Thanks for faving "Son of Goya," Kari. Yes, 26. Married. Grad student. Devastated at the impending loss of my dad from inoperable cancer. Poetry pouring out of me but nobody was interested at the time. Wish Fictionaut had existed back then!
Welcome to the Boston Literary Group Kari... thanks for sharing.
So kind of you to dig out and reread "Addictions," Kari. Thanks for the fave!
Kari, thanks very much for reading and faving House By The Sea, glad you enjoyed. Congrats on being a new mom, hope all's good with you and yours, and you're getting enough sleep :) Congrats too on all the recent awards- Well deserved!
Kari, Thanks for your comments on "Things Unseen." So good that you can keep writing while being a new mom. Congrats on your contest results (Glimmer, Glass Woman...)and on your baby!
Thank you so much, Kari, for your nice words on "Christina Heppel"!!
Thank you very much for your kind remarks on my piece what I wanted in 1968. I'm so glad you liked it.
Kari, thank you so much for your kind words on "1991!"
Thanks so much for your great comment about "Staring at Waves," Kari. And than you for the fave!
Thank you, Kari, for your read of Descanso.
Thanks, Kari, for your comments on my stories. They are tremendously appreciated. Glad I could bring you back to Boston! :)
Thanks, Kari, for your comments "Bus Ride." Happy you like it!
How interesting that you're reading Look Homeward, Angel! Thanks so much for our great comment and fave.
Kari, thank you for your comments on "and then I will ask you if it is beautiful." They were a nice bit of encouragement, just when I needed it!
Thanks so much, Kari, for your comment on and fave of "The Assassination of Sadat."
Hey, Kari. Thanks for reading my poem about cuckoos and adding the kind comment.
Hi Kari - Thanks for your kind comment on "Safa's Hair." On a tea break and this was a pleasant way to spend it!
Hello, Kari :)
Thanks for the comment on my quasi Jack London Robert Altman (McCabe and Mrs. Miller) piece. It seemed timely. I hope you too are surviving the winter, but I would assume you are since you have practice.Cheers LS
Kari, I really appreciate your reading, fave and comment on "Sic Transit Gloria Mundy." Made my day .. Thanks.
Kari - thanks for reading Gowanus, and pointing out the pacing, I wanted the feel of relentlessness without frenzy, pleased that it works for you. - Walt
Kari, thank you for your kind words on my story.
Hi Kari - Thanks for the nice words on "Nothing Good..." I really appreciate it!
Congratulations on the child!I've told my friends this for years but there's nothing like that moment when your kid comes on the scene..it's the best feeling ever. And I can't think of a sweeter person for that wonderfulness to happen to than you. Very cool news!
Thanks,Kari,for attending to Express and liking it. The falling--snow motifs seem a bit seasonal. And how much snow have YOU got "downcountry?"
Kari, thanks for your comments on Echoless!
Thank you for your kind comments on "The Search." I'm glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to getting to know your work, too!
Thank you, Kari, good to know you as well. Post something, please, we miss you.
Kari, thanks for the read. My mad "friend" is pleased, too.
Hi Kari! Thanks for the nice comment on "Sage".
Kari, thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading more of your work.
Thanks, Kari, for your comment on and fave of "Whiplash Marriage." I'm pleased it spoke to you.
Thanks so much for reading & your super kind comments on the leg!
Kari, thank you for the nice comment about my "bah humbug" Christmas post.
Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words!
Thanks for the very kind words on Things Left Unsaid, Kari. I always appreciate your take.
Hi Kari! Thank you for following Sara and in turn reading "For Davis." Your time and comments mean a lot. All the best. HM
hello, kari. thanks for the read and comment on "map." i'm still tinkering with the piece, but am pleased that it helped turns the gears...
Thanks, Kari. Writing is a good way to deal with such things.
thanks kari for the comment...yes, check it out. submit a photo even ;-)
Thank you for your kind remarks about god's man, Kari! Have a terrific weekend. Cheers. -- Q
Thanks for your nice comments, Kari. Hey, New Hampshire's not too shabby either...
Thanks for taking time to read and say something about How To Burn Years. I greatly appreciate you.
Hi, Kari, Thank you so much for reading and your encouraging comments!
Kari - thanks so much for commenting on "Lay on Me". Appreciate the read!
Kari, lovely is a perfectly wonderful word, and I accept it from you with great pleasure, and wish you a lovely Thanksgiving
Thanks for your kind words about Harmony in Blue and Gold. I love that peacock room!
Thanks for your warm response to my little view from the White Mountains.
Kari I'm so glad you enjoyed the first Monday Chat with Kathy. Her story "Snow" is quite remarkable! Thanks so much!
Hi Kari - -thanks so much for your comment and * on Two Trees. Good to see you here!
Kari, Your comments about "Welcome Back" brought a smile to my face. Thanks!
Kari I appreciate so much that you like "fractured" in its darkness...
Kari, thank you for the fave and the comment on "Pineapples and rust."
Thanks for faving "I Am Not a Corpse," Kari. I'm so pleased you liked it.
P.S. Shakespeare talks about "sluttish time" in Sonnet 55.
Kari - thanks for reading and faving "Mama's Mass". Your feedback is great.
Hi Kari. I'm so glad you liked "motorcycle for a dream." Thank you for your words. I look forward to reading your work. I've taken a glimpse and it looks inviting. -- Q
Kari, wow, I don't even know what to say besides thanks and thanks again. And again.
Hi Kari, Thanks for your nice note. I was off FN pretty much all summer, so I look forward to reading your work that I've missed.
Kari, thanks so much for the kind words and fave for "Wake Up." Makes me happy that you loved the story.
Kari, thank so much for finding, reading, commenting and the fave on "Night Letters to Saint Jude." Made my day, it did.
Kari, thank you for your kind comment on my 55-word story! I'm really glad it resonated with you.
kari, thank you for your fine observations on "at the ministry". i was going for that cadence, it's great to see if something actually works...as for "odes and gospel": this works very well in german ("oden und heilige gesänge" really completes the sentence) but i wasn't so sure for the english until you said that. thanks!
Kari, thank you - you are too kind!
Kari, I just now read Star Anise, how did I miss it for so long?? Just amazing!
Kari, thank you for your comments on "We Are Not Phoenix"!
Hi Kari - Thanks so much for your nice words on "Origin" - I'm very grateful :)
Congratulations, Kari, on a well-deserved, and nicely written review in Fictionaut Faves. Go NH.
Thanks for the generous comment on Telephone, Kari! I love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for your comment on 'Climbing'. Very happy it worked for you.
Thanks, Kari, for faving "Bone Density." Glad you liked it!
Thank you for reading Afghanistan.
Hey, Kari, thanks for the new read and comment on my "love Slut". Got to catch up with your profile, which you've changed, no?
Thanks, Kari, for your kind words on the "Andalusia" nomination. Fingers crossed.
Kari, thanks for the fave and the comments on "Snowlands.." Soon as I figure out where it's going, I'll do more.
"congrats on your nomination for Andalusia!"
Thanks, Kari! Thanks for your kind words about the poem.
Thanks for the comment on Time to Rest! I'm glad it worked for you. Someone commented to me elsewhere that the world would be better off without humans, and that is not what I intended with this piece. Which is why I ask... I think we belong here as much as any other creatures, we just need to make peace and quiet down a bit. You know? :)
Thanks for the goodness on "Gathering." I've written a few stories with some of these characters. But I might should think about putting them together as a collection or something larger, you're right.
Hi Kari - thanks for reading and commenting on Burger and Fries. I'm glad you liked it. foster.
Thanks, Kari, for your comment on Between. Glad you liked it!
Hello, Kari! Thanks so much for your comments on Poem with Radiometer.
Kari, thanks for reading and liking Organic BJ's. Forgive the delayed response, my computer crashed and it's been...
Kari, you are a sweetheart. Thank you for your flattering comments about my story and about me.
Thanks for the generous comment on 3 a.m. So glad you liked it!
Kari, belated but warm thanks for reading and commenting on "Bread, Fish, Serpent, Stone"!
Kari, Thanks for your generous and wonderful comment on "Andalusia." Much appreciated!
Thanks for the comment and the fave on Midnight Riders, Kari. I appreciate the read.
Hi, Kari, thanks for reading Private Security-II. Your helpful comments are greately appreciated.
Thanks for reading my Bone Dust. Pleased you liked. x The vid was in Feb & was my 1st ever reading. A cringe-making stumble but amusin, I hope!
Thanks, Kari, for reading my latest. You're a jewel.
Kari, thanks for reading Failure in the Linnet's Wings, and for your nice comments, appreciated!
Hi, Kari, thanks for reading Private Security. I appreciate your helpful and encouraging comments. I enjoyed reading your about-you and why-you-write statements above. And I very much enjoy reading your creative writing: Star Anise in particular is one of my favorites; Miss, too.
Thank you for reading Peace of Mind. Glad you liked it.
Kari, Thanks for your great comment about my Paris story.
Thanks for the kind words about "Florida" Kari!
Hi Kari, thanks for your comment about "These Gothy Days" - which was inspired by someone's use of the word 'gothy' on Twitter.
Thanks for the kind words on Black Swans. I appreciate the read!
You're kind. Thanks for your gracious comment about "Dadd's Imagination."
Thank you for your very generous comment about "Penny Arcadia." I'm glad you liked the poem.
Kari, thank you for your comment on 'This Girl'. I appreciate your support, and I look forward to reading some of your work very soon.
You made my morning Kari, with Star Anise. I am still lingering over the Pho and all the memories/ingredients packed into this piece. This is magnificent storytelling.
Thanks so much for your kind comment on This Is Something She Would Miss! I appreciate the read.
Thanks, Kari, for your recent comment. Glad you like my daughter's name too. Love those beautiful four-letter names... :)
Hello Kari, thanks for reading Flesh & Blood. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!
Thank you, Kari, for your extremely kind compliment on "Getting Godless." Thrilling to read that. So glad you're enjoying it.
Thanks for reading my story Kari. It seems monolithic in length contrast to all the other Fictionautian stories you find out there, but oh well. I've come to hate that story of mine Song of the Needle. It's through the POV of the little kid and i'm afraid it ended up sounding a little too in Golden Books direction... I have other stuff (more recent) coming out in Narrative, Tampa Review and Shamballa Sun that i'll post when they're in print. Hopefully you and others can check them out. And, hopefully they won't embarrass me as much... . thanks again.
Thanks for your kind comments on my story "Real Extate," Kari. Appreciate!
Thanks Kari. Always nice to hear from NH. My 'bio' omits it but I went to St.A in Manchester. Cheers
Sure, you rock.
Thanks, Kari, for your nice comments on Broken Mirrors.
thanks for the kind words an a night on the f'naut, appreciate your reading.
Kari, thanks for your comment on the Spicer found poem. All glory to Jack Spicer--the words are all his!
Hi Kari, thanks for your comments about "The Burning Gulf" :-)
Thank you for reading Sunk. I've only just joined, so hi! x
Kari, it's always a pleasure to read your comments on my stuff.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
Oh, so you're the one reading my stuff! :)
Thank you for that and for commenting. It really makes me happy:)
Kari, thanks so much for reading and saying nice things about my story "Evil Humors."
Kari, thanks so much for commenting on and faving "Processes." you're right, the laughter in the poem does have a sad edge to it. Thanks for pointing that out!
Hi, Kari- Glad you liked 'String Money'. It's one of a series, each to appear on a different zine. Another segment, 'Kilz', is up on amphibi.us: http://amphibi.us/all/kilz/
Should be fun and generate a few clickthroughs; please feel free to pass it on to anyone who might like :)
Been meaning to write about your pieces on Am as well. 'After Dinner' is clean and spare and high-impact and 'Ice Melts' is surprising and haunting. Great stuff, looking forward to reading more of your work. All best.
Thanks, Kari! Glad you could relate to those details in Bedtime Story...
Thanks, Kari! Glad you liked "Found Poem."
Thank you for your comment on Dear Planters. It was fun to write, so I'm really glad it made you laugh. :)
Thanks so much for the comments and fave on "Down Cellar," Kari.
Kari, Larry, and Marcelle
all of you truly excel
at making my heart skip a beat
leaving comments, such a treat.
Sam, my old friend from weeks aught
giving helpful hints for naught
How did I deserve to get
3 favs from this talented lot?
...hey, wait a minute, who's missing one?
Thanks, thanks, thanks, Kari. You're a jewel for reading my latest.
Kari, thanks for your kind words on UNCTION. I appreciate your popping in and reading. peace...
Kari, Thanks so much for spending time with "Jew." Your generous note moved me and I feel very lucky to have you as a reader.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Deep Pockets." Glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Quotes"! Happy you liked it.
Kari, thanks for reading and commenting on "Chelsea 2", I appreciate it. I've just now finished writing another scene with Nanette, which I may be posting eventually. Glad you're enjoying it!
Sure, Kari. Not only is your writing good, you also have a knack for magical realism and surrealism. How many writers would do what you did with the ice-lady who shatters and melts? Keep it coming!
Hi Kari, thanks for your comments & fav. 'Eyepatch' was influenced stylewise by M. John Harrison ('Light', 'Nova Swing', etc. Here's a link to a short at 1001 Nights: http://1001.net.au/cgi-bin/isengine?o=1001&action=display&id=2072
Kari, Thanks for reading and commenting on birds story. And thanks for saying nice things!
What a lovely thing to say (about crossing is knowing) thank you, Kari. I haven't been on fictionaut for awhile, been a bit busy, so it's nice to get unexpected feedback :-)
Thank you,Kari for your kind words. NH representin' :)
Peace ~ Rene
Thanks, Kari, for your comments on "Hotel Chelsea" - I'm happy you enjoyed it. I think it's turning into a novel!
Kari, so many thanks for your read and comments on Summer in the City & Who Sent You. I'm so glad you enjoyed them
Kari, thanks so much for the read, fave and the comments on "James the Least." If I decide to post any more excerpts, I'll let you know.
Thank you for faving "Taking off the Knives." I'm pleased you like the poem so much, Kari!
Thanks, Kari, I look forward to your comments.
Kari, thanks for reading Along Came Doreen and commenting.
Hi Kari - Thanks for your nice comments on "Goodnight Dogs" :)
Thank you for your comment on my piece, Bookmark. A writer can want for nothing more than to make an impression. Cheers
I saw your comment about our sharing the same birthday—didn’t notice that before. Cool! Go, 10/11!
Kari, thank you reading and commenting on my "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome" story!
Thank you for the kind comments and 'fave' on my Seven Year Itch story.
Hi Kari. Thanks for digging up "A New Tattoo" and for your kind words and the star! I've had a few rejections in my inbox today, so your message was cheering! Are you new to Fictionaut? I'll watch out for your stories. Best--Tina
Thanks, Kari, for your kind comment on "Magritte."
Kari, thanks so much for your thoughtful read of my short.
Thanks for your nice words about my story, Kari! I also love Beate and the Glass Woman Prize. Glad to be connected here! :)
Kari, thanks for the read and kind comment. Hope to see more of your stories here soon!
Thanks, Kari! I hope you got as much of a kick out of reading "The Naked Mountain" as I did writing it.
Hmm...well, if you want to plunge into the "Hotel Chelsea" saga you could start with Scene 1. If you want something short that people seemed to like, there's "Minerva Gets Pierced by Love." But my personal favorite is "The Naked Mountain", which is all about the writing process, told as a parable (which didn't make anybody mad, either, I'm sad to say). I'll say this much about Fictionaut: it sure has increased my writing output!
My pleasure, Kari. You write with an enviable care and respect for language which others would do well to imitate.
Thanks, Kari, for your kind words about cake tin rusted. :-)
Kari--thanks for comment on Mrs. Doyle! terrific to know you liked the dialogue...great to have you here
Kari, thanks for the kind words, and the fav for Norm. Much appreciated!
Thank you, Kari, for your smashing comment on "Memento mori ..."
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Dis-Ease." I really appreciate it!
Thank you for reading and faving Allah Akbar. I'm glad you liked it.
Thank you, Kari, for your comments on X. I am very glad to meet you here; will look forward to taking in your writing very soon. No time just now, but I wanted to say hi and hello!
Thanks Kari for your very kind words on my story SURVIVOR. Very much appreciated, especially today. Looking forward to reading your stuff too. Peace...
Thanks for commenting on Pleiku Jacket. I look forward to reading your writing.
Thanks so much for reading Things Every Woman...and for your comments.
Looking forward to reading your work!
Hi Kari, Thanks so much for reading & commenting on "Three Dreamers" - I'm so glad you liked it :)
Kari -- Thanks for reading -- and for your kind note on the Dying Tradition. It really means so much.
Hi, Kari, welcome to Fictionaut and thank you for the kind comments on Hummingbird.
You never know, Kari, she may be out there...;-) Glad you enjoyed Purple Patch.
You are most welcome :) thank you for submitting it.
Thanks so much for the congratulations,and for reading the stories, Kari, and welcome to fictionaut. Nice start with "Miss" too. And from NH as well. What's not to like?
thanks for reading & commentin on my work, kari--
Thank you, Kari, for you comments on "Love train..."
Hi, Kari! Thanks for your comment on my story!
Welcome. Hope to see some of your writing here soon.