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 for poetry (2008), screenwriting (2009), juvenile fiction (2010) and poetry 2012. She received awards from the Oregon Poetry Association in 2007, 2008, and 2011. In 2011 she won a Glimmer Train award for new short story writers. In Fall 2012, she was a recipient of an Oregon Writers Colony poetry award. Sally Jo Survives Sixth Grade: A Journal is her first novel. She lives at Happy House Farm with her husband, two cats, and giant gardens full of indefatigable weeds and moles.