Karen Walasek’s relationship with animals interweaves throughout her creative work and practical life. Appropriately the first story she ever published “Is your Pet a Spiritual Weathervane?” (Earth to God, Come in Please…, 1991) explores the metaphysical side to these relations. She is the Fiction Editor at Elohi Gadugi Journal and writes a blog about radical motherhood. She received her MFA & BA from Goddard College where she also studied the psychology of creative relationships. As lifelong learner & interdisciplinary graduate student at Portland State University, she is a scholar combining the rhetoric of magic & healing, debt & cultural, conflict resolution, other ways of knowing, gender studies & alternative story structures. She also teaches Storytelling for Social Change.