Karen Clavelle is a poet, writer, playwright, educator. Her work has been published in Border Crossings, CVII, Prairie Fire, and the At Bay Press Fiction Annual, Secrets and Lies (2017). Prior to writing full-time, Karen taught at the University of Manitoba in the Department of English, Film and Theatre, as a Music Educator and Language Arts specialist in elementary schools, and worked as a Music critic for the Winnipeg Free Press. Her play, Crossword, was presented in a staged reading for the Sarasvati Bake Off finals, Winnipeg, 2014. Long interested in small (chapbook) presses, Karen is the founder of atelier78 press and a founding member of the enigmatic and somnambulant pachyderm press. Karen serves on the boards of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and as Writer-in-Residence at St. Paul’s College. Karen is the author of the long poem IOLAIRE (Turnstone, 2017). The Mother Goose Letters is her first published novel.
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