In her soul, Karen Heckman Stork has always been an observer of the world around her. She loves quotes of all kinds, and views the world through a writer’s eyes. Her mind conjures up “word pictures” for articles and poetry in the simple, ordinary places like Nebraska thunderstorms, a cardinal’s visit to her deck, or a visit to Roca Ridge near Lincoln for a solar eclipse.

Karen calls herself “The Grandma Moses of writing” because it took her 53 years to achieve her long-held dream of actually becoming a published author. She began this current publishing journey in 2016 while spending a month in Florida in her favorite environment—the beach and the ocean. This is her sanctuary, her safe place where creativity flourishes.

While majoring in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Karen wrote many articles and poems which she still claims as some of her best work. Throughout her life she has been engaged in some form of writing, both work-related and personal. At one point she had a business called “Personal Verses” and wrote poems for clients to celebrate milestones in their lives. In 2008, she wrote and edited a publication for the University entitled “History of the UNL Water Center from 1964-2008.”

Karen is a columnist for the Lincoln 55+ Senior Paper; her column is entitled “A Lincoln Life” because she has lived her whole life there.

Screw the Eggshells: Finding My Self After Verbal and Emotional Abuse is Karen’s first publicly available book. She previously produced a family book entitled Between the Generations: Poems by a Nana and her Grandson in honor of their history of poetry writing.

Karen is a member of the Nebraska Writer’s Guild. She is available to read from her book and speak to groups on subjects including the harmful effects of verbal abuse, aging without growing old, life lessons learned, and poetry.