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Karen Pierce Gonzalez is an award winning fiction and nonfiction writer. Literary honors have been received from the national Pushcart Prize, National League of American Pen Women, California Writers Association, and others.
She has authored several books, including Family Folktales: What Are Yours, Family Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories and Black Pepper Visions: Food Stories You Can Eat.
Her work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, North Bay Biz Journal, Australian Trade Community Journal, Verde, Sonoma Mandala, Marin Independent Journal, and Zahir Tales as well as other magazines and newspapers.
She has long been interested in folktales and folklore and has published numerous articles based upon folkloric research into a variety of folklore subjects, including scarecrows as a folk art form. Academic training includes a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Creative Writing and Anthropological Linguistics/Folklore from Sonoma State University in California. Her professional memberships include the Western States Folklore Society. Other folklore –related credits include being a folklore columnist and radio show guest for Big Blend Magazine. Writing experience also includes 15+ years as a writing workshop facilitator.
She founded FolkHeart Press in 2007 and is also CEO of Karen Pierce Gonzalez Public Relations. She lives in Northern California where many forms of folklore flourish.