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About the Artist

Karen Finneyfrock (Seattle) is the author of two young adult novels, “The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door” and “Starbird Murphy and the World Outside”. She is one of the editors of the anthology “Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls” and the author of “Ceremony for the Choking Ghost”.  She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry.

Karen received 2015 GAP funding to support necessary time away from teaching to focus on her novel “The Year We Ruined the House”, a fictionalized account of her senior year of high school, a seminal experience that is at the center of her desire to write fiction for teens. Primary themes in the book include childhood sexual abuse and the after effects of trauma. 

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