is a more recent addition to the writing community. Karen fell in love with words at an early age and now shares her love of reading with students at Orchard Farm Elementary. Outside of the classroom, Karen enjoys writing children’s stories and short stories. She is having a wonderful time entering a variety of writing competitions to practice and refine her craft. As Saturday Writers Youth Outreach Coordinator, Karen is developing writing opportunities for our young aspiring writers, including our summer workshop. In addition, Karen is an active member in the St. Louis chapter of the American Heart Association’s Passion Committee. She resides in St. Peters, Missouri with her husband, four children, and loveable pug. Karen blogs about writing, books, and the nuances of life at karensbookland.blogspot.com.