karenA former secondary language arts instructor, Karen Keltz has also enjoyed a writing career comprised of many facets: freelance journalist, poet, novelist, short fiction writer, personal essayist and screenwriting consultant.

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, screenwriting, juvenile fiction, and poetry . During her writing career, she has received awards from the Oregon Poetry Association and Oregon Writers Colony. In 2011 she won a Glimmer Train award for new short story writers.

Sally Jo Survives Sixth Grade: A Journal is her first novel, available at Amazon.

Her second novel, The Menace, is in the works.

She lives at Happy House Farm with her husband, one grouchy arthritic cat, and giant gardens full of indefatigable weeds and moles.