Karen held the role of editor-in-chief of Public Art Review from 2011-2020; her leadership and creativity launched Forecast’s new digital publication FORWARD, paving the way for more voices and perspectives to shine through. A freelance magazine editor and writer—as well as a personal coach for changemakers—she has been working with Forecast since 2008. She loves sharing stories about public art and placemaking, which bring together her passions for art, place, courageous leadership, deep listening, and thoughtful design.
The former editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, Karen’s feature articles, interviews, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. She has taught writing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, St. Catherine University, and Northern Arizona University. In addition to holding a BA in art history and English from the University of Minnesota, an MA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University, and an MFA in fiction from Colorado State University, Karen also certifications in holistic health education, permaculture design, chainsaw operation, neurotransformational coaching, and co-active leadership.
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