Karen Zealand’s collection, X-Testaments, is 2003 winner of the Elixir Press Chapbook Competition. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Poetry. Her manuscript, Friendly Fire, is a 2003 runner-up for the Maryland Artscape Emerging Voices Award. Her poems are widely published in journals and anthologized in The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry and Outerbridge’s retrospective anthology, among others. She is a licensed clinical counselor in private practice with her husband in Cumberland, MD.