Karen Rosenbaum, from Albany, California, received an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University and has been teaching English at Ohlone Community College in Fremont California. She lives in Kensington, California, with her husband, Ben McClinton. Her story, "Low Tide," was published in Sunstone (September-October 1980) and chosen for Greening Wheat (Orion Books, 1983). She won first place in Dialogue's short story contest in 1987. Her short story "Hit the Frolicking, Rippling Brooks" was published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Fall 1978) and received the Association for Mormon Letters award for fiction in 1979. She says of her commitment to the writing of fiction: "I work slowly, squeezing out stories between the other parts of my life, and I revise continually, recycling the backsides of discarded drafts . . . whispering to myself during the whole process. I feel writing is work and pleasure and obligation, and I fell mildly guilty most of the time because I do not write as must as I would like to. I am indebted to many people, many experiences, many books and two gently supportive writing teachers--Margaret Moffit, who saw talent in an eight grader with a proclivity towards maudlin tales, and Wallace Stegner, who aimed me towards excellence in western--and Mormon--art."
LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
MA in English from Stanford's Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program.
Associate professor of English at Ohlone Jr. College in Fremont, California beginning in 1967.
Professor Emeritus of Ohlone College. Professor Rosenbaum taught creative writing, literature and composition for over thirty years at Ohlone College.