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Karina has developed multiple forms of expressive outlets including workshop facilitation, poetry readings, plays, and publishing for the youth, her community, and now worldwide. She is a current member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

Short Bio:
Karina Guardiola-Lopez, MSED, is a poet, writer, educator, author of Jewtina Journals, and co-author of Live Big Girl. Her poetry has appeared in For Women who Roar, Writing For Peace, Great Weather for Media, The Scrib Arts Journal, Indolent Books, Acentos Review, The Ice Colony, and many other publications. She has featured at The NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island, The National Black Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, The Bronx Museum, and many other locations.


Karina G-Lopez, is a Honduran American, Jewtina who was born in the Bronx, raised in Queens, and resides in East Harlem. She writer, author, poet, actor, and educator from New York City. She is also a poetry judge, content creator, and marketer as well. 

She has been writing and performing for over 20 years and has authored several books including Jewtina Journals and Live Big Girl. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and 
Karina has been published in various magazines, anthologies, and websites including Great Weather for Media, The Scrib Arts Journal, Poetica Magazine, Indolent Books, Acentos Review, New Voices Anthology, The BX Files,, just to name a few. 

She has also featured at various venues including The NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Q-Boro Lit Crawl, The Bronx Museum, and many other locations.

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Karina is also the founder of The Pen, The Pad, and The Poet series which includes publishing, poetry workshops, and performance for teens.


Karina served as a writer, actor, and author. of the play and book Live Big Girl. Live Big Girl was 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 Theaters. Readings were also conducted at various venues including Capicu Culture, York College, and at the NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island. For more info go to


Karina is a former elementary, middle, and high school educator with over 18 years of experience. She now works with the college students for the City University of New York (CUNY) as a Student Success Coach at Hostos Community College. Karina not only serves as a Success Coach/Advisor but is also the Social Media Manager within her department. To see some of her work click here.

Karina's top 5 favorite quotes:

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible!" - Audrey Hepburn

“I was once afraid of people saying, “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am. - Oprah Winfrey

"I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as 'making a life'" - Maya Angelou

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist." - Oscar Wilde

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. - John Wooden

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