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Before becoming an author Karen Lauritzen worked as a medical social worker in many agencies or organizations, including an in-home health care team caring for the elderly, dying and disabled, a dialysis center, a day center with schizophrenic patients, settlement houses and agencies aiding the Jewish community. In her sixties she returned to work in Tianjin, China at the invitation of the hospital where her oldest son had been a patient.
She writes short stories, poetry and essays. Her work has been published in The Chrysalis Reader, WNC-Woman Magazine, Kaleidoscope Magazine: Exploring the Experience of Disability through the Fine Arts and Women’s Spaces, Women’s Places, an anthology of women writers. One of the stories from Nothing Vanishes: Memoir of a Life Transformed, “Seat 7F,” won an honorary mention in the 2010 Carpe Articulum Literary Awards.
She lives in Brevard, North Carolina. This is her first book.