Ms. Karen Smyte

Michigan, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Karen Smyte, founder of Red Beard Press, a youth-driven publishing press based out of Ann Arbor’s teen center, The Neutral Zone, is a fiction student in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. A former Canadian national team rower and collegiate rowing coach, Smyte also records incarcerated mothers and grandmothers reading bedtime stories to their children.


  • Red Beard Press Advisor at Neutral Zone (June 2010 - )
  • Women's Rowing Coach at University of Michigan (August 1998 - June 2005)
  • Women's Rowing Coach at Mills College (September 1992 - June 1997)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University (June 1988)
  • Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University (May 1991)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Children's literature , Poetry