Karen Schnurstein is a budding poet and memoirist. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in World Literature from Western Michigan University, where she studied with Nancy Eimers, Jaimy Gordon, and Mark Halliday. Her work has appeared in The Ibis Head Review, Bi Women Quarterly, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Halcyon Days, and Founder's Favourites. Karen is presently enrolled in Janelle Hardy's memoir-writing course. She owes much of her literary life to her high school Language Arts instructor, Louise Garcia Harrison. However, poet Mark Richardson was her first literature professor. Louise gave the key; Mark opened the door. Karen lives a joyful and peaceful life with her two favorite pussycats in the Midwest United States.