Tim is sitting near me, reading aloud about an ancestor of his who pastored a church for 38 years. A German Reformed Church in Fredrick, Maryland. Stonewall Jackson once attended Daniel Zacharias's church, but he fell asleep during the sermon so I don't think[..]
In order to tour the C.S. Lewis home, The Kilns, one must email in advance and arrange a tour. The home is not open to the public otherwise. I didn't know that, of course, until just a couple of weeks ago. I don't even know[..]
We were sitting outside Starbucks, my daughters and me, laughing over something I can't remember. Seems like when we are all together there is always much laughter. That's the gift of being the mother to daughters - they grow up to become some of[..]
On my way into town this morning, I heard Jimmy Buffett interviewed on NPR. Ever since I did that residency at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, I've felt a kinship with Jimmy. I am by no means a Parrothead like my buddy Tim[..]
I have this painting that a friend made me. It is a colorful painting with a big yellow sun in it and the phrase "FIND YOUR HAPPY" in big bold letters. FIND YOUR HAPPY. Many a theologian has warned us that if we go[..]
It's Spring Break around our house. You know what that means? Plenty of free time to read books I want to read, instead of books I need to read. Here's the thing I think people need to understand about reading - the reason so many[..]
Karen Spears Zacharias is an Appalachian writer, a former journalist, and author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.
She holds a MA in Appalachian Studies from Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and a MA in Creative Media Practice from the University of West Scotland, Ayr, Scotland.
Her debut novel Mother of Rain received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, Kentucky.
Zacharias was named Appalachian Heritage Writer in 2018 by Shepherd University.
Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and in numerous anthologies.
She lives at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Deschutes County, Oregon, where she’s an active member of the League of Women Voters and Central Oregon Writers Guild. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. A Gold Star daughter, she is a fierce advocate for democratic principles and women’s rights.
Zacharias taught First-Amendment Rights at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, and continues to teach at writing workshops around the country.
Her forthcoming novel No Perfect Mothers will be released by Mercer University Press, Spring 2024.
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