Karen Peterson Butterworth

photo by Ann Reading, Kapiti Observer

Karen Peterson Butterworth grew up in Catlins, South Otago, and now lives and writes in Otaki. Winner of the 2001 BNZ/Katherine Mansfield Essay Competition, she has published three non-fiction and two poetry books and had stories and poems published in New Zealand and overseas journals and anthologies. She jointly edited (with Nola Borrell) the 2008 anthology, the taste of nashi: New Zealand haiku, and has been placed in poetry competitions in NZ, Australia, Japan and Great Britain. Recently she won first prize in a Memoir and Local History competition run by the Bay of Plenty branch of the NZ Society of Authors, with a piece about family life in 1940s Catlins.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                          pregnancy test –         
                                                                                                          the sky outside
                                                                                                          a brilliant blue

                               The Taste of Nashi: New Zealand Haiku eds Borrell/Butterworth (Windrift 2008)

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