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Karen Kao

Karen Kaos debut novel, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle, was published by Linen Press in 2017. Her short-form work appears in Hippocampus Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, The Common, The Shanghai Literary Review, and others. Kao has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Vestal Review Award, and Best of the Net. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband and Sam the cat. For more on Kao and her work, please visit

Winter 2023

Fish Tales

By Karen Kao

The Kenyon Review · “Fish Tales” by Karen Kao 1. Today, we shun the swing set. Forget the crabgrass lawn and its gravel path. The green ball is too soft […]