Events and marketing
I’m Dr. Karen Lowry and I’m a freelance writer, graphic design lecturer, business owner, digital artist, and science-fiction writer. I also suffer from OCD, a condition affecting about 2% of people worldwide.
I have ten years experience as a freelance writer and journalist, as well as seven years experience working in UX design, front-end web development and e-commerce. I’ve recently expanded my skills and have been working in motion graphics for the past 3 years. I have also managed events and festivals in the creative industries for the past 11 years.
Training and Education
I have a PhD in creative writing and internet studies from Curtin University, which explored electronic literature and digital poetry. During my time as a PhD student, I was the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award and Curtin Research Scholarship. I also received training on financing research, as well as presenting to audiences, as part of AMP’s Bright Sparks Competition. My PhD was supervised by Dr Deborah Hunn and Dr Tama Leaver and was examined by Dr. Hazel Smith and Dr. Jason Nelson.
I am currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management.
Awards, Conferences and publications
In 2017 I collaborated with author, David Thomas Henry Wright, to create a digital interface for his novella Paige & Powe, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards. My most recent work, a digital essay on fake news, has been published in the inaugural edition of The Digital Review.
In 2019 I presented a paper on the gender gap in web development at Web Weekend Kathmandu. I also presented a paper at the Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC) in 2018 on using augmented intelligence in university courses.
I was highly commended in the 2013 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Competition for “Hinge” and have showcased my work at the National Young Writer’s Festival, Noted Festival, Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Trobadour Poets, and Paris Lit Up, among others. My creative publications include Australian Poetry Journal, dotdotdash and WRIT Poetry Review.
My non-fiction articles have been published in The Guardian and The Conversation.