Kari Ann Martindale is a globetrotter, roadtripper, linguist, writer, and spoken word artist who strives for social justice. A partner in the EC Poetry & Prose collective, Kari discovered her love of poetry after over two decades of writing and editing in other genres, including travel and children’s. Her poetry has been published in Pen-in-Hand and the Maryland Bards Poetry Review 2022, and featured in Berks Bardfest 2021 and other events. She serves on the Board of Maryland Writers’ Association as the President of the Frederick Chapter and the recently-appointed Co-Editor of Pen-in-Hand, and she served as a panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Awards 2022. A supporter of developing youth, she is a Troop Leader and the Communications Manager of a Girl Scouts Service Unit, is a scholarship judge for a nonprofit, and has co-edited MWA’s Teen Anthology. Kari has a Master’s in Linguistics and a background in translation and interpretation, and has visited all 50 States and nearly 40 countries.
She is the President of the Frederick Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, where her focus is on growing the developing MWAFrederick chapter and its membership through programming and partnerships within the Arts community. She sits on the MWA Long-Range Planning Committee and the Conference and Webinar Committees. She served as an assistant editor of the Teen Anthology “Emerging Voices” in 2020. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and a member of various community organizations.
Kari is committed to setting children up for success. She is a Girl Scout troop leader in Frederick County, as well as Communications Manager for the Service Unit. From 2017-2019, she was adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College, where she taught English as a Second Language; she also taught at the International Language Institute Maryland from 2016-2018.
Kari’s academic background includes a Master’s in Linguistics from George Mason University and various certificates and diplomas in foreign languages, Linguistics, and translation. Her personal foreign language background includes English, Spanish, Arabic, and German, with tourist-level skills in other Romance and Germanic languages.
Kari performs spoken word poetry and is available for readings. Subjects typically center on social justice.
She is also available for readings of her picture books in the Flash Series, or to speak with children of any age about foreign languages and travel. She is also available to present to writers’ groups on Critiques: Giving and Receiving (and Hopefully Not Crying), and Turning Past Prose into Poetry.
Kari serves as a volunteer Scholarship Judge for a non-profit organization and is available to present scholarship essay writing workshops, including to Girl Scout Ambassadors working on the College Knowledge badge. She has presented the Girl Scout Novelist badge workshop to Seniors in the greater Nation’s Capitol.
Previous invited talks have included The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages; Applying Linguistics to the Real World; and Iraq and the Iraqi Dialect (she no longer gives the Iraqi presentation).
While living in Germany, Kari blogged at Karilogue.com, was a contributor at GermanyJa.com, and was featured by Expatica.com and other expat and travel websites, as well as in the book Expat Education: An Expat’s Guide to Choosing a School Overseas (Mobbs, 2017). She served as Elternbeirat (parent-teacher liaison) for her daughter’s Grade 3 class at the International School Seeheim-Jugenheim, 2015-2016.
Kari spends most of her time with her husband (a saint, really), her daughter (who is waaaay too much like her), and their two miniature schnauzers, #EnderAndFalkor.
She’s well-traveled: she’s visited all 50 States and over 35 countries, she lived as an expat from 2012-2016, and she occasionally blogs about her travels at karilogue.com. She is ALMOST ALWAYS planning her next road trip.
Kari was a writer for the former print publication the Urbana Town Courier and is a freelance writer and editor (particularly of children’s manuscripts, including rhyme); she is open to nonfiction assignments.
You can reach Kari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite authors: Bill Bryson, Carl Hiaasen, Jeffrey Archer.
Favorite picture books: Jeremy Draws a Monster, The Lorax, I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, How Do I Love You (Hallinan), A Good Day, Her Right Foot.
Which books most influenced my life: The Forgotten Door, A Wrinkle in Time, The Mixed-Up Files of Basil E Frankweiler, A Walk in the Woods, The Five People You Meet in Heaven*, and the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series.
Favorite illustrators: David Catrow, Jerry Pinkney.
Favorite artists: Salvador Dalí, Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso.
Favorite road trips: Ireland/Northern Ireland; Great Lakes; Germany’s Maerchenstrasse (Fairy Tale Route); Normandie; a loop through Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary; and a 3-Generation trip through Germany/Austria/Czech Republic with my daughter and mother.
Favorite TV shows: Golden Girls, Soap.
Favorite movie: Goonies; Knives Out; and any & every good heist movie.
*The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a nice look at how we unknowingly affect the lives of others. Literally everyone should read it.
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali