Karen Head earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. Now an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she is also the Director of GT's new state-of-the-art Communication Center. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany, where she served as primary consultant for their academic center.
She has published three books of poetry, Sassing (WordTech Press, 2009), My Paris Year (All Nations Press, 2009) and Shadow Boxes (All Nations Press, 2003).My Paris Year was the winner of the 2008 Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Poetry from All Nations Press. Her poetry has appeared in a number of national and international journals and anthologies, including The Women's Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, War, Literature and the Arts, and The Southern Humanities Review, and has been invited to present her work in venues throughout the world. Her digital poetry project Poetic Rub was featured at the E-Poetry 2007 festival in Paris. Her most recent digital project was a collaborative exquisite corpse created via Twitter with 12 other poets while she stood atop the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other Project; her poetry project, "Monumental" was detailed in aTIME online mini-documentary.
Her scholarly research focuses on communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the implementation and development of writing centers, writing program administration, and multidisciplinary communication.