Karen Polinsky


Karen Polinsky is a high school English teacher and writer from Bainbridge Island, Washington. Twenty years ago she drove to the Pacific Northwest from Boston with her three children in a beat-up Toyota station wagon. Not long after, she encountered the nineteenth century S’Klallam historian Mary Ann Lambert in a book of primary documents gifted to her by the director of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Cultural Resources. Her fascination with Lambert, a woman-of-vision, eventually turned into, Dungeness, a revisionist-history coming-of-age novel inspired by her life. Also a playwright, she has had a half-dozen one-acts produced on Bainbridge Island and in Seattle, and has written scripts for two short films. Polinsky was recognized with the Patsy Collins Award for Environmental Educators in 2012.

Karen’s Books

dungeness_sm Dungeness
Bink Books