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Karen Spears Zacharias

KAREN SPEARS ZACHARIAS is an American writer, a former journalist, and author of numerous books. She holds a MA in Appalachian Studies from Shepherd University, West Virginia, and a MA in Creative Media Practice from the University of West Scotland, UK.

Her debut novel Mother of Rain received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, Kentucky. Zacharias was named Appalachian Heritage Writer in 2018 by Shepherd University.

Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and in numerous anthologies.

She lives at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Deschutes County, Oregon, where she serves as president of the League of Women Voters. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. A Gold Star daughter, she is devoted to sharing the stories of forgotten women.

Zacharias taught First-Amendment Rights at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, and continues to teach at writing workshops around the country. Her forthcoming novel No Perfect Mothers will be released by Mercer University Press, Spring 2024. 


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