Karen Lewis lives in rural northern California where she leads workshops with California Poets in the Schools and directs the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Her essays, poems and fiction have appeared in Hip Mama, Iron Horse Literary Review, Instant City, Literary Mama, and in magazines for youth. Her daughter now lives and works as a mountaineer, and her son is a business strategist and chef.
“Sleepless one night, with nobody to talk with, I began to write and writing continues to be a healing path. Friends and family reached out after George’s memorial, but most people never knew there were problems before that. Kind words in unexpected moments make a huge difference. Medication (migraine) is a lifesaver. I eventually built new daily rituals, and rarely missed mornings at the community center where a dancer-mom empowered us with exercise workouts and a free-childcare playgroup.”