Karen E. Dabney resides in Detroit, Michigan.
She possesses a BFA from The University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Detroit Mercy. She enjoys writing and doing visual art. Karen also works with youth in many capacities; thereby keeping her inner-child well-fed.
Publications as author or artist include: 44th Barack H. Obama The Commemorative Edition, Michigan Chronicle, For My People newspaper, Journal of Non-White Concerns, The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Newsletter, The University of Michigan Dearborn's The Michigan Journal, To the Poet in You, and Necessary Roughness: a self-published book of poetry.
Karen was accepted to attended writing workshops with the Voices of Our Nation's Arts Foundation (VONA) and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is a member of the the International Reading Association, Urban Theater Magazine, National Conference of Artists, the Motown Writers' Network, Broadside Poets' Theatre, Project B.A.I.T, Concept East Theater, and Urban Theater Magazine.
The Magic Pencil is Karen's first novel for young adults. Although the book is geared toward the "tween" crowd, it is enjoyed by people of all ages. She also wrote and illustrated her first book, Unhappiness Is, at 14 years of age. The book sheds a comedic light on everyday situations and challenges. It contains 150 captions for illustrations.
Karen is promoting literacy to keep minds lit!