Karen Keltz is both a former secondary language arts educator of 33 years and a former freelance journalist. Her work has been published in Huff/Post 50, USA Today, The Oregonian, The North Coast Squid, The Ruralite, Oregon Coast Magazine, Poésie, Verseweavers, Oregon English and English Journal, among others. She is a recipient of Willamette Writers’ Kay Snow awards in poetry, screenwriting, and juvenile fiction. She has won awards from Glimmer Train, Oregon Poetry Association and Oregon Writers Colony. She lives in Tillamook, Oregon. Her Middle Grades novel, Sally Jo Survives Sixth Grade: A Journal is available as a paperback and e-book on Amazon.