Karen Press (born 1956) is a South African poet.
She was born in Cape Town, and currently lives in Sea Point. She is a full-time writer and editor, having published eight collections of poetry, a film script, short stories, as well as educational material and textbooks in the fields of science, mathematics, English and economics.
In 1987 she co-founded the publishing collective Buchu Books.
- Emergency Declarations (found poems, co-produced with Ingrid de Kok, 1985)
- This Winter Coming (Cinnamon Crocodile, 1986)
- Bird Heart Stoning the Sea (Buchu Books, 1990)
- History is the dispossession of the heart (Cinnamon Crocodile, 1992)
- The Coffee Shop Poems (Snailpress, 1993)
- Echo Location - a guide to Sea Point for residents and visitors (Gecko Books, 1998)
- Home (Carcanet, 2000)
- The Little Museum of Working Life (Deep South, 2004)
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