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Karen Connelly


Author of twelve books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Karen Connelly is a writer, educator and therapist in private practice.

Professor at the graduate level at the University of Guelph and a long-time writing advisor at Humber College, Karen is the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, set in a Burmese prison and winner of Britain's Orange Broadband New Novelist's Prize and shortlisted for the U.S.'s Kiriyama Prize. Her most recent book of poetry is Come Cold River and her most recent novel is The Change Room, published by Random House in 2017. The Change Room was called "revolutionary and boundary-breaking" in its treatment of women's lives, relationships and sexuality.

In 2021 she will publish her twelfth book, a collection of her award-winning true stories called How To Heal A Broken Spirit. She's won several magazine awards, a Governor General's Award, and the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry.

Karen lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Her other home is Lesvos, Greece, where she is active in supporting several healthcare initiatives for the refugees at the Kara Tepes and Moria Refugee Camp.

Read more on her website.

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