Get to know us!
Get to know us!
Karen is a former bodybuilder who turned to powerlifting. She worked 33 years as a veterinarian's assistant. Ken has published four books of poetry and four of short fictions. He worked 33 years in the information management trade, and in the years before completing college worked in sales, construction, and law enforcement.
We presently have four rescue cats and four betta fish. Each betta fish patrols his own 3.5 gallon bowl, and the cats command the dry land of the house.
We focus on Karen's powerlifting and Ken's writing. We travel to support both endeavors, but love returning home. Short trips are the norm. Nothing like a night or two in a good hotel with a fireplace and perhaps a hot tub and a beach or quaint historic downtown to walk.
Cordwood, 22 Press, 1985, poetry, is out of print. Sciences, Social, Palanquin Books, 1995, poetry, can only be found second hand. Constant Animals, Creatspace, 2013, mini-fictions, available. The Book of Robot, Barking Moose Press, 2016, poetry, available. Victims of a Failed Civics, Barking Moose Press, 2016, poetry, available. Avenging Cartography, Barking Moose Press, 2017, mini-fictions, available. The Revenge of the House Hurlers, Barking Moose Press, 2018, mini-fictions, available. Engaging Cattle, Barking Moose Press, 2019, mini-fictions, available.
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Click on the image of any of the books and you will be taken to its Amazon page. Amazon is not the only on-line bookseller awash with these books. Practically any on-line bookseller served by Ingram, who is the international wholesaler for these books, will be able to find them. Kindle e-book versions are available at Amazon; epub e-book editions can be had at Smashwords and hundreds of on-line sellers. Sundial Books in Chincoteague , www.sundialbooks.net, stocks them all, for in-store or on-line purchase. Ever more bookstores are keeping them on their shelves.
The poems and stories in these collections have previously appeared in places such as Poet Lore, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Iowa Review, Potato Soup Journal, Cafe Irreal, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Black Denim, Menacing Hedge, and several dozen other journals and websites.
Karen engaged in bodybuilding for a number of years before switching to powerlifting. She has twice won the USAPL Raw Powerlifting Nationals, won the WNPF World Powerlifting Championships, several times won the 100% Raw Federation World Championships, and holds many world records in many federations.
100% Raw Federation: Open 97 pound world records: Bench, 54kg; Deadlift, 113.5kg. 60-64 97 pound world records: squat, 75kg; bench and single lift bench, 54kg; deadlift and single lift deadlift, 113.5kg; three lift total, 237.5. 50-54 105 pound world records: squat 86.1kg; bench and single lift bench, 58.9kg; deadlift and single lift deadlift, 120.2kg; three lift total, 265.3kg. 55-59 105 pound world records: squat, 90kg; bench and single lift bench, 58kg; deadlift and single lift deadlift, 122.5kg; 60-64 105 pound world records: squat, 80.5kg; bench and single lift bench, 53.5kg; deadlift and single lift deadlift, 111kg; three lift total, 245kg.
The above WABDL world record has since been superseded, but for a while she held it. She also holds the USAPL single lift national raw bench press record in the 47kg 3a age class at 52.5kg. Add to that the USPA drug-tested open and 60-64 44kg national raw bench press record, 51.5kg. And the USPA non-drug-tested raw bench national record, 52.5kg. Along with that the USPA 60-64 44kg drug-tested and non-drug-tested deadlift national record, 104kg.