Karen’s Bio

Karen Iacobbo is a Providence, Rhode Island-based writer, filmmaker, and producer.

Writing: Karen writes fiction, screenplays, plays, non-fiction, and song lyrics. A former freelance reporter, Karen writes Gothic romance, Twilight Zone-type tales, and sci-fi. She also writes in other genres and won The Animal Print magazine’s dog short story award for “Benny, Canine Brother.” Her short story “The Legend of the Italian Painter” was a winner of Newport Life magazine’s writing contest. Her story “Federal Hill Festival” was published in Italian Americana.

Filmmaking & Producing: Karen’s 52 minute Gothic romance “House of Shadows”, inspired in part by the late 1960s, early 1970s TV series Dark Shadows, was screened on PBS in Rhode Island. Her first film, a Twilight Zone-like 22 minute short film “The Unproductive”, a story about euthanasia, received 15,000 views online, and won best short drama at the RI-ACTS film festival and was screened at the SENE Film, Music & Art Festival and the Pawtucket Film Festival. Karen’s 15 minute film “Collected Souls” was a selection out of several thousand entries of the Paul Revere Film Festival.

Currently, with her filmmaker-partner Michael Iacobbo, Karen is in post-production on two films. Meanwhile, she continues to write fiction, and is working on a feature-length screenplay based on a real-life story. A largely self-taught writer and filmmaker, Karen teaches writing, reading, business communication, ESL, public speaking, and rhetoric at three colleges and has a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in English. She is a consultant/coach guiding others in achieving their writing and other creative goals.