According to venerable SpeakEasy host Bill Richardson, Karen Connelly is “one of Canada’s smartest, fiercest and most intrepid writers.”

Karen is the prize-winning author of eleven books of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, including the GGLA nominated memoir Burmese Lessons, and the novel, The Lizard Cage, winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Her works have been translated into fifteen languages and published in seventeen countries. She teaches creative writing at the Humber School for Writers and is an adjunct professor in the University of Guelph’s MFA program, specializing in creative nonfiction.

She is a world traveller, an outspoken human rights activist, polyglot, and provocateur. Her most recent novel, The Change Room takes an intimate look at the life of a married mother of two, and a chance encounter that sparks a passionate affair. Author Ami McKay calls it “erotic. Truthful. Cunning. This is the juicy peach of a novel you’ve been longing to devour. Bless Karen Connelly for writing the life of a middle-aged woman with all the lusty bravura it deserves.”

Karen and her family divide their time between rural Greece and Toronto.

Appearing in: 21. Choosing Your Words: What Naming Means