Karen Luke Jackson’s oral history background, contemplative practices, and escapades into clowning provide a latticework for her work and writing. An award-winning poet, her stories and poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Ruminate, Friends Journal, Emrys, Christian Feminism Today, and The Great Smokies Review. In addition, Karen’s poetry chapbook GRIT about her sister’s life as Clancey the Clown was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Karen has a doctorate in education and spent much of her career facilitating leadership and contemplative retreats.  Today she lives in a cottage on a goat pasture in Western North Carolina. When she’s not writing, she companions people on their spiritual journeys. 

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