Karen Quevillon | Writing in Halton and Hamilton
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The Art of Words

Karen is a writer and educator living in Campbellville, Ontario. She has an M.A. in English from York University, where she studied poetry and Canadian literature.

Are you looking for Karen Kachra? You’ve found her. Karen recently changed her surname following her divorce. She looks forward to growing her portfolio under her new surname.

Karen is a valuable resource to our company. She possesses the ability and skill set to quickly understand and assess a wide variety of industries and subject matters. Her greatest strength is to provide text and copy that is both compelling and easy-to-read, conveying the right message to our customers. We appreciate Karen’s proactive approach and her ability to meet and deliver upon tight deadlines.

Paul Hemburrow, President, PARO Strategic Marketing

I trust Karen to edit my work without changing the essence, tone or message. Because I’m busy, and a professional procrastinator, sometimes my written communications can sound rushed and scattered. So at first I didn’t understand why I was getting so many compliments on the newsletter article I’d dashed off and then I realized how much her revisions had improved it. Karen re-worked my words so our school parents and faculty made a real connection with my message and enjoyed hearing from me. I was even reluctant to write her a thank-you email without her expert assistance!

Leighan Basadur, Director of the Board, Halton Waldorf School

I have asked Karen to help me re-start the writing process for a stalled PhD thesis in Mathematics Education. Since we started working on this project, Karen has been very thorough, supportive, and motivating. She was able to quickly identify some barriers to my writing, suggest workable solutions and continuously provide valuable, practical feedback. I have been very impressed with Karen’s ability to assist in the writing process and have no hesitation recommending her to fellow graduate students or creative writers.

Gregory Belostotski, Post-secondary Mathematics Teacher and Doctoral Candidate









Working in multiple genres, yet always with an awareness of form and emotional impact, Karen’s style is lean and precise.

Fiction, Poetry and Articles

A philosopher by inclination and training, Karen is fascinated with the creative process and the natural world. Her work frequently addresses the complexities of relationships and the human psyche.


Karen has worked with a variety of commercial and not-for-profit clients to produce social media and print campaigns, banner adverts, billboards, websites, newsletters, articles and more. Her strong research background complements her creative instincts.

Editing, Mentoring

Client correspondence, short stories, dissertations…Karen works with clients to help them write whatever they want to write. She excels as a structural or “big picture” editor and especially enjoys mentoring clients in the draft stages of their projects.

In Short Fiction

“Coyotes and River Nymphs.” The Fieldstone Review 7, Spring 2014

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In Short Fiction

“Adults Only.” Prick of the Spindle 8.1, Spring 2013

In Poetry

“Do you recognize me without my Tomahawk?” Geist Magazine 91, Winter 2013

In Article

“Feminism Wrecked My Yoga Class: reflections on critique and freedom.” Philosophy Now 46, May/June 2004

In Criticism

Review of Russell Wangersky, The Glass Harmonica. The Bull Calf Review. 4.2 Autumn, 2014

In Poetry

Some Theoretical Considerations on Reading Dorothy Livesay’s Poetry” in Untethered 2.1 July 2015

In Short Fiction

“Talulah,” Maple Tree Literary Supplement 3 (Spring), 2009

In Article

5 Guidelines for Using Technology to Motivate Students” and others, Top Hat education blog.


“Do You Recognize Me Without My Tomahawk?”

Winner, Geist Magazine Erasure Poetry Contest 2013

“The Ordinary Wage.”

Shortlisted finalist, Malahat Review Open Season Awards, 2013

“Adults Only.”

Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition (Mainstream/Literary category), 2012

“I Was a Belize Virgin.”

Winner, Island Expeditions Travel Story Competition, 2011

“The Killing Jar.”

Honorable Mention, GritLIT Festival Short Fiction Competition, 2010

“Durian Season.”

Shortlisted, Canadian Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, 2010

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