Professional Me

“Writes evocatively” The Age (Melbourne) Magazine

“(Miscellaneous Mum) contains well-written and heartfelt musings on life and love.” Notebook magazine

“Andrews’ style has an austerity and sophistication that suspends and transfixes you.” Kirsten Krauth

Karen Andrews: BA (Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy), MA (Literature)
Author and Publisher at Miscellaneous Press
Former Program Manager at the Emerging Writers’ Festival
Teacher at the Australian Writers’ Centre
Mentor for Writers Victoria
I am represented by New York literary agent Ethan Ellenberg
Twitter: KarenAndrewsAU


‘Where are all the Bookshops?’, Island 131, 2012
Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood, Miscellaneous Press, 2012
‘After the Fact’, The Emerging Writer, 2012
‘An Existence in Heat’ (short story), dotdotdash, ed.8, 2011
‘Fashion Faux Pas’ (poem), page seventeen, 2011
‘If the Blood Had Come’ (essay), Sound of Silence: Journeys Through Miscarriage, 2011
‘Blessed be the Fish’ (poem), Verandah 26, 2011
Miscellaneous Voices: Australian Blog Writing #1 (editor and publisher) (Miscellaneous Press, 2010)
Surprise! (Miscellaneous Press, 2008)


‘On the Many Shapes Bodies Will Take’ – Highly Commended in the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2013

My poem, ‘At The Park‘ won the poetry division of the Ellen Gudrun Kastan Literary Awards in July 2009.

“(This poem) lightly though pointedly…observes three generations at the park, and comments on the human comedy of their inter-connected cross-generational fate.” Judge, John Jenkins.

The Appointment‘ was awarded the Alan Marshall Short Story Award (local division) in June 2008.

“Moving and tautly-written, every detail rings true in this piece.” Judge, Cate Kennedy.


Selected Press

Media mentions include Sunday Life magazine, Australia Today magazine, and Mamamia and multiple metropolitan and regional newspapers articles and radio appearances.
Finalist in the 2012 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Parenting category)
Finalist in the 2011 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Personal/Lifestyle category)

YouTube and the Indulgence of Memory, July 2013, The Wheeler Centre
The Wheeler Centre Working with Words, November 2012
Kill Your Darlings Podcast with Estelle Tang on Miscellaneous Voices
From Blog to Brand: An Interview with the Miscellaneous Mum‘ (PR Warrior)
‘Writing Mothers: Karen Andrews’ by Kirsten Krauth (wild colonial blog) 

Selected Articles

Book review of Claustrophobia by Tracy Ryan in The Big Issue, Aug 2014 and The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters in The Big Issue, Sept 2014
5 new apps for primary school children‘ Essential Kids
Taming the tresses‘ Kidspot
Seventeen Inches‘ The Hoopla
Birth according to plan – or not!’ Melbourne’s Child Website
Beyond Twelve Months: What are the issues of breastfeeding the older infant?’ in Coles Baby Magazine
Climate Control’ in Coles Baby Magazine

Selected Blog Posts

How Reading Can Improve Your Blogging (Problogger)
Personal Blogging in the 2010s (Problogger)
5 Blogging Lessons from NaBloPoMo (Problogger)
How Blogging Made Me a Better Writer (Problogger)
How Do You ‘Sell’ Your Blog? (Problogger)
Are Excuses Hurting Your Blogging Success? (Problogger)
Ask Karen: How do I get my children’s book published? (Rachel Hills – Musings of an Inappropriate Woman)
10 Life-Changing Books of the Last Ten Years (Miscmum)


Browne, K (2000) A post-Freudian interpretation of Matthew Lewis’ The Monk. Masters Thesis: Macquarie University.

Areas of Writing Interest

Children’s Health; Literature and Wider (Pop) Culture; Blogging, Personal Narrative and Memoir.