Karen Alea

Murfreesboro, TN

Growing up in South Florida with light skin and red hair, Karen found herself becoming a Cuban-American spy, getting to look into her own culture with one foot outside. She laughed along with the wetback jokes during the day and ate arroz con pollo with her abuelo at night. Living in two worlds at a young age, she has always been interested in the emotional and social differences of world cultures. She has traveled/worked in Cuba, India, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Thailand and Australia.

A graduate of Bennington Writing Seminars’ MFA program, she attended Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is currently an adjunct professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University.



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