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Karina's writing delves into life experiences, human perspectives, and the human condition. As a writing coach and consultant, she nurtures writing development, provides solutions for overcoming writer's block, assists in establishing writing routines to meet goals, and cultivates confidence in writers. Through her workshops, her aim is to inspire writers to tell their stories

Karina Guardiola-Lopez, MSED, is a Honduran- American published poet, educator, and author from New York City and now living in New Jersey. Her works have appeared in Wingless Dreamer (2024), Sad Girl Diaries (2024), New Brunswick Library (2023), Hive Avenue Journal (2022), LaLiberta Online (2021), For Women who Roar, (2020), Great Weather for Media (2020), Indolent Books (2020), and many others. She has featured at renowned venues like The NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island, Caribbean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute, The National Black Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, The Bronx Museum, and other locations. For more information visit

Karina has created a collection of poetic stickers, magnets, and a card deck meticulously designed to ignite the creative spark within fellow writers, serving as both inspiration and motivation to embark on their own storytelling journeys. Explore her offerings further at

Karina has  also developed multiple forms of expressive outlets and platforms including writing workshops, open mics, poetry readings, and plays. She has served a poetry judge for Urban Word NYC, The Children's Aid Society, and Hostos Community College. She is currently the social media manager and tech support for the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). 


Karina has over 18 years of experience in the educational field as a former Education Director and Teacher in elementary, middle school, and high school settings. She now works with in Higher Education for the City University of New York (CUNY). 

Karina is the founder of The Pen, Pad, and Poet series which includes publishing, poetry workshops, and performance for teens. The series has evolved into a resource page on Facebook called Pens, Pads and Poets. During the pandemic, Karina created virtual writing workshops that included for adults. Click here for more information. WORKSHOPS

Karina served as a writer, actor, marketer, content creator, and author of Live Big Girl from 2016- 2019. Live Big Girl is a movement that involved writing workshops, poetry, and a play. The poetic play was based on living in a body that is not celebrated by society. The show sold out at the National Black Theater, BAAD Theater, and The Tank Theaters. Poetry readings were also conducted at various venues including York College, Capicu Culture, and at the NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island. For more info on previous show and current sequel go to


Writing at the age of 2 in Flattbush Brooklyn,
New York City

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Poetry Reading at the National Black Theatre,
Harlem New York City in 2015


Feature at the 9th Annual Poetry Festival in Govenors' Island, NY in 2018

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Facilitating a Live Big Girl Workshop at ID Studio, Bronx New York in 2018

Interviewing at the Hip Hop Film Festival at the National Black Theatre in 2017


Live Big Girl Performance at the National Black Theatre in  December 2017 

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