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Karen Eileen Dabney was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After attending parochial and public schools she received a BFA in graphic design from The University of Michigan, a Certificate from The American Institute for Paralegal Studies and a BA in legal administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is currently attending the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Karen has worked with youth in many capacities: as a teacher, mentor and in recreation, to name a few; thereby keeping her inner-child well-fed. Publications as author and/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’s Institute for Social Research Newsletter, The National Library of Poetry, The University of Michigan Dearborn’s The Michigan Journal, To the Poet in You, and Necessary Roughness (self-published book of poetry). Karen was accepted to and attended writing workshops with the Voices of Our Nation’s Arts Foundation and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is a member of the Motown Writers’ Network and freelances as an artist and writer. The Magic Pencil is Karen’s first novel for young adults. She also wrote and illustrated a first book, Unhappiness Is . . . , at 14 years of age. The book sheds a comedic light on everyday challenges
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