Karina Guardiola-Lopez aka Karina G-Lopez, is an Honduran American who was born in the Bronx, raised in Queens and resides in East Harlem. She writer, author, poet, actor, teaching artist and educator from New York City. She is also a poetry mentor, poetry judge, content creator, and marketer as well. She is 1/3 of the Live Big Girl cast, writer and author. The Live Big Girl show is a poetic play based on living in a body that isn't always celebrated. The show sold out at the National Black Theater, BAAD Theater and The Tank Theater.
Karina is also the founder of The Pen, The Pad and The Poet series which includes publishing, poetry workshops and performance for teens. She has been writing and performing for over 18 years. She is the author of several poetry books including: Jewtina Journals.Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and itunes.com. Karina has been published in various magazines, anthologies and websites including: Live Big Girl, Tribes Magazine, Poetica Magazine, No Apologies Anthology, New Voices Anthology, The BX Files, SofritoForyourSoul.com, Latinoauthor.com, Latinabookclub.com just to name a few.
Karina was far from a straight A student. She had difficulty focusing in school but she loved to write short stories. This is where she was able to vent to escape from time to time. Her teachers praised her imagination and creativity throughout elementary school and her works were usually displayed in atriums. However, by the time she was in middle school and high school her grades were low, she lacked motivation and she had no academic support. Her guidance counselor at the time told her to drop out of high school and get a GED. She was also told not to pursue college because she was not "college material". Karina could have let her guidance counselor's words discourage her, but instead she strived to prove her wrong and she eventually did. Now her goal is to encourage her students to accomplish their goals and dreams regardless of setbacks and challenges. Karina currently holds an Associate's degree, a Bachelor’s degree and has obtained Master’s degree credits in High Education Administration.
She continues to learn and take courses in acting, video production and creative writing. Karina has definitely proven that the words impossible can become I'm possible, a motto inspired by an Audrey Hepburn quote.
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"
When Karina is not writing or performing she works with the college students for the City University of New York (CUNY) She is a Success Coach and this involves advising, facilitation, counseling, data, designing and marketing.