A seriously professional and eclectically personal website/blog hybrid of pertinent information and random thoughts about life and death, parenting and politics, books, the arts, nature, travel...you know, stuff...by Karen Campbell, who writes because she has to.
THE DANCE OF THE WRITTEN WORD
Long before I got my first “Dick and Jane,” I became captivated by the written word – on a page, a toy, a sign, a screen. By the time I put pencil to paper (or more likely, crayon to wall) I was seriously hooked, inexorably drawn to that curious dance of letters, which so quickly, so elegantly coalesce to convey meaning with unlimited power to inform, inspire and incite. Whether poem or essay, magazine feature or newspaper review, marketing copy or press release, I never underestimate the potential, authority and resonance of the well-chosen, well-placed word.
As I write, I try to make the ink dance....
KAREN CAMPBELL is a Boston-based writer/editor with a comfort level in a wide range of fields, from health and education to the performing arts and travel. As a journalist, she has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world, and currently is dance critic and cultural correspondent for The Boston Globe. She also is a senior writer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for whom she writes press releases, brochure copy and the annual report. (For a full CV of professional experience, click here.)
A music graduate of the University of Illinois, where she was Music Director of the dance department, she also is active as a double bassist in numerous area orchestras, including Boston Baroque. While living in New York and Philadelphia, she composed for a variety of modern dance companies and instrumental ensembles and was the only Pennsylvanian awarded both Emerging Composer and Emerging Choreographer Fellowships. She has been the frequent recipient of awards by MEET THE COMPOSER and ASCAP.
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Karen Campbell is a Boston-based freelance writer/editor with a comfort level in a wide range of fields, from health and education to travel and the performing arts. As a journalist, she has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world. Since 1999, she has been a cultural correspondent and dance critic for The Boston Globe. She also is a senior writer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for whom she writes press releases, brochure copy and the annual report. She loves research.
Ms. Campbell has been hooked on writing since her early childhood in North and South Carolina, penning short stories, poems, plays. She did not intend to be a professional writer, but while living in Philadelphia, her little habit led to the publication of a humorous essay in a small alternative paper. She was then recruited by the Philadelphia dance community to try her hand at writing about dance, with which she had been involved on several levels. She began landing freelance arts pieces in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a calling was born.
Now Ms. Campbell enjoys writing about virtually anything she can sink her teeth into. In addition to reviews/features about dance, music, theatre, visual arts and literature, she has written a wide range of features. She laced up cleats to write about “A New Breed of Soccer Mom,” donned the “Peter Pan” harness to soar across the Wang Theatre with Kathy Rigby, went parasailing with her young daughter (and then promptly tossed her cookies over the side of the boat.) Anything for a good story.
The other half of Ms. Campbell’s professional brain has been dedicated to music, her first love. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she was a double major in piano and double bass. She also studied composition and dance, later becoming Music Director of the dance department, accompanying dance classes on piano and percussion, composing, choreographing, and teaching music history/appreciation to undergraduate and graduate dance majors. She was also the music director of the dance department at the University of Wisconsin, Stephens Point.
While living in New York and Philadelphia, she choreographed and composed for a variety of modern dance companies and instrumental ensembles, including Relache, Melanie Stewart Dance, Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit and Karen Bamonte/Zero Moving Company. She presented concerts of her own work in New York City and Philadelphia. She was the only Pennsylvanian awarded both Emerging Composer and Emerging Choreographer Fellowships. She has been the frequent recipient of awards by MEET THE COMPOSER and ASCAP, as well as composition fellowships by Yellow Springs Institute and NYC’s Studio PASS.
Since moving to Boston in 1991, Ms. Campbell’s primary musical outlet has been as a professional double bassist. She is active in numerous area orchestras, including Boston Baroque, with whom she has made several recordings.
Ms. Campbell lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two birds and a chinchilla. If she had an extra life to monkey around with, she’d like to go to art school to try to tame and polish the pathological creativity that has resulted in an attic cluttered with raku vases, ceramic totems, acrylic paintings, glass mobiles and all manner of collages.