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Polio Boulevard

"In the early 50s during the polio epidemic I worked as a physical therapist. I saw first-hand the crushing suffering children and their families endured. I also saw their bravery and love for each other. Karen's memoir is a truly remarkable piece of history."
- Olympia Dukakis


Forthcoming September 2014

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Jamali-Kamali
A Tale of Passion in Mughal India

Introduction by Milo Beach

In a park, just off a busy road in Delhi, India, the 16th-century Sufi court poet Jamali is buried in a tomb next to Kamali. According to oral tradition, Kamali was the poet’s homosexual lover, but little about the men is known. Chase envisions the love and longing between the two.

Released in India and the U.S. from Mapin Publishing,

Watch an event at the Harvard Kennedy School



BEAR

Read a poem from BEAR, featured on the Academy of American Poets’  Poem-A-Day to celebrate National Poetry Month

Listen to Northeast Public Radio Interview




LAND OF STONE
Breaking Silence Through Poetry

praised by Harold Bloom as
"a poignantly eloquent narrative"


IPPY AWARD Bronze medal winner 2008 Independent Publishers Book Awards

Listen to Amherst Public Radio Interview



KAZIMIERZ SQUARE
POEMS

Billy Collins calls this volume "humorous...erotic....elegiac....
intense...incandescent"