Karen Faris uses words and art as her primary mediums of artistic expression. Author of the 2020 chapbook, “The Death of Compassion” as well as Grumbles the Novel andother chapbooks, “A Few Poems,” and “The Strings of Motherhood, The Artist Book. her work has appeared in aaduna, descant, great weather for media and on other literary sites such as Spine Magazine, a journal of book cover design. Faris has read at several New York State venues most notably “Words on the Verge” in Brockport, NY; the open mic sessions at “word, revisited” in Auburn; Books, Etc. in Macedon, NY; PH Gallery+Studio in Troy, NY and at Rochester Spoken Word with both readings in July 2018. She was the featured speaker at “word, revisited” in Auburn on October 11, 2018 and participated in “NOT NORMAL: Art in the Age of Trump” in Syracuse, NY that same month. Her book, Before There Was Yonder (with illustrations by Katherine Weston) was published in August 2018. Her performance piece, “Aliens Like Us” (with Pilar Arthur-Snead) was performed at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse in November 2017. Faris reformatted “Aliens,” and presented it as a full theatrical production as part of the Fringe Festival in Rochester in September 2019. As an artist, Faris exhibited her artwork at the Cayuga Museum in the summer 2019 as part of the Museum’s Central New York Emerging Artists series. She has also exhibited at the July 2018 Albany Gallery Members and Friends show, as well as the Link Gallery at Rochester City Hall as part of the Artist Breakfast Group Show in December 2017. A graduate of the NYFA Boot Camp: Artist as Entrepreneur, Ms. Faris continues to reside in Rochester, New York. She is a guest contributing editor for this issue.