Kolleen Carney Hoepfner is a Boston-born, Burbank based poet with an undergraduate degree in English from Salem State University and an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles. She served thrice as an assistant editor and once as the co-editor of poetry for Lunch Ticket, as well as assistant poetry editor for Paper Nautilus and Soundings East. She also served as both the managing editor and social media coordinator for Zoetic Press, as well as an assistant poetry editor; she is the editor-in-chief and social media coordinator for Drunk Monkeys and Cherry Dress Chapbooks; she formerly served as the social media coordinator for The Citron Review and Five:2:One Magazine. She was a poetry reader for Los Angeles Review.
Her chapbook, Me and the Twelve Step Program, was published by the Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts in 2003. Her chapbook, Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament is available from Grey Books Press. Her chapbook A Live Thing, Clinging with Many Teeth is available from Spooky Girlfriend Press. Her poetry and other writings have appeared or will be appearing in many literary venues, most recently Twin Pies Literary, GutSlut, Honey + Lime, Lammergeier, and A Drunken Midsommar (Daily Drunk). Her advice column, Sincere Advice From a Girl Whose Life is a Mess, appeared in Five:2:One magazine.
In addition to Drunk Monkeys, Kolleen cohosts Drunk Monkeys Logcasting, a podcast that discusses Twin Peaks episodes, with DM founder Matt Guerrero and DM Managing Editor Chris Pruitt. She has appeared or will be appearing on The Kingcast and Soundtracker.
Kolleen has twice received the Presidential Arts Award Scholarship for her writing and was also the recipient of the Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts Student Artistic Development Grant. In the past she has been a volunteer for the Mass Poetry Festival. She also devoted four years to teaching high school aged students about eating disorder awareness and is an advocate for NEDA.
Kolleen is mostly building dollhouses and recreating her childhood toy collection. She lives in California with her husband and two children. Kolleen is available for freelance pop culture writing, copy editing. She can be found on all social media platforms.