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Karen vanMeenen

Senior Lecturer
A114 Liberal Arts
(585) 475-6925
PhD Candidate in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought (ABD), European Graduate School
Master of Arts in Media Studies, The New School
Master of Arts in Transformative Language Arts, Vermont College
Graduate of Media Literacy Intensive trainings by Project Looks Sharp and the New Mexico Media Literacy Project

Areas of Interest

Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Media Literacy, Visual Literature, Graphic novels, documentary photography, socially aware fine art photography, video installation, Photojournalism and the aesthetics of atrocity


Editor (since 1993) of Afterimage, The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

Editorial Board member and Book Reviews Editor of The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Taylor & Francis

The Bookworks of Doug Beube, The Iconoclastic Museum Press, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

Nevermore: Poetry and Prose by Edgar Allan Poe, Big Pencil Press, Rochester, NY, 2009

Light At the End: The Jesus Poems by Lyn Lifshin, Clevis Hook Press, Rochester, NY, 2009

A Glorious Adventure, by Carter Catlett Williams, Pioneer Network in Culture Change, Rochester, NY, 2008

Women, Trauma and Visual Expression, by Amy Stacey Curtis. Self-published, 2005. 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finalist (Psychology/Mental Health)

Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace, National Association for Poetry Therapy, 2002


Art New England, Art Papers, Afterimage, Source: Ireland’s Photographic Review, City Newspaper, Film Festival Reporter, National Association of Artists’ Organizations Newsletter, Western New York Artist Residency Exchange Catalogs, the Pyramid Arts Center Newsletter, The Museletter published by the National Association for Poetry Therapy, and essays in numerous exhibition catalogs including Maternal Metaphors: Artists/Mothers/Artwork.


Society for Photographic Education, Northeast Pop Culture Association, National Association for Poetry Therapy, National Association of Artists’ Organizations, State University of New York Conference on Writing, Finger Lakes Community College Comic-Con, StoryCon at Rochester Institute of Technology, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship, and at numerous organizations in Ireland.