About: Karen Donley-Hayes

Karen Donley-Hayes Karen Donley-Hayes is a regular contributor for several medical publications; her essays and short stories have been printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in numerous horse magazines (Equus, Dressage Today, The Horse, etc.), and have been published in Bartleby Snopes, the Blue Lyra Review, The Quotable, and The Healing Muse. Her work has appeared in the anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life, and in The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, a Holy Cow! Press anthology published in October 2013. The Blue Lyra Review nominated her essay, “Hens on a Porch,” for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. She has an M.A. in interdisciplinary studies, an M.F.A. in creative writing, is College Editor and adjunct faculty at Hiram College, and is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Society for Technical Communication, and Backspace. She lives in Ohio with her husband, a menagerie of geriatric cats, a German shepherd, four hens, and one horse.

Posts by Karen Donley-Hayes:

Illustration of a GI Joe figurine, a tadpole, a pencil, a rock, and a school report on a plate. Illustration by Karen Donley-Hayes
The Dog Ate My Homework

It seemed like the most plausible excuse at the time: blame the new dog for eating up my now overdue essay. But then I just More

Illustration of a lobster hugging a sign that reads "Hal's Chowder House."
The Bionic Lobster

When Big Hal's 9-year-old twin sons claim a one-clawed lobster as their pet, the unusually large crustacean becomes a source of national attention–and chaos–for the More