All of Karen Hines’ plays have been collected and published by Coach House Books. Her books have been honoured with two Governor General Literary Award nominations, three Alberta Writers Guild Awards, and her plays have further won or been nominated for Dora, Chalmers, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Enright Awards, among other citations. All are available through Coach House Books, Pages, and others.


Now available on Coach House Books in paperback or digital. AnimalsKaren Hines’s macabre monologue about a real-estate nightmare – and a dead animal stuck in a crawlspace – was all the more terrifying for being true. This was Hines at her most horrifyingly hilarious.
Globe and Mail

DRAMA: Pilot Episode

Now available on Coach House Books in paperback or digital. DRAMA: Pilot EpisodeHines is superb at depicting in a few words the despair of people who feel forced to live lives bereft of meaning … I can’t imagine a person in the Western world who would be left untouched by the great drama of souls Hines creates here.
Alberta Views


Available on Coach House Books in paperback or Ebook (PDF). Hello…HelloThe momentum and perspicacity of this inventive play is evident on the page. It is also obvious why Hines is lauded as one of the nation’s premier dramatists.
– Eye Weekly, Hello…Hello

The Pochsy Plays

Available on Coach House Books paperback or Ebook (PDF). The Pochsy Plays‘Whether she’s sending up loneliness and love or shallow ambition and greed, Hines’s satire is dead-on … Along with Hines’s illuminating, intelligent introduction to the character and her style, photos and performance stills provide readers a fair sense of Pochsy’s stage effect.’
– Border Crossing

Essays, excerpts, short plays and articles

From an imaginary pitch for an impossible tv show, to a twenty-minute musical about suicidal telemarketers, Hines’ essays, excerpts, short plays and articles have been included in a number of literary anthologies and magazines, with more to come.