Karen Kullgren is the author of the book of essays Grace in the Gray Areas: Thriving in Life’s Paradoxes. She is a freelance writer and editor with a particular interest in exploring women’s lives, spiritual journeys, diverse cultures, and the universality of human experience. Her articles have been published in print and online in many local and national magazines and newspapers.
For 15 years she has been Contributing Editor for Washington Parent and for 12 years she was Contributing Editor for Washington Woman, where her “Grace in the Gray Areas” column appeared monthly. Numerous of her articles have led to segments on the local NBC and CBS affiliates in Washington, DC. Karen's articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, AARP The Magazine, Washingtonian, Organic Style, Association Management, and various other publications, and on Patch.com. While living in Dallas, she had monthly columns in Dallas Technology and Dallas Woman magazines, and wrote regularly for Dallas Child.
Karen's editorial contributions in cover writing and headline writing have garnered Washington Parent Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in these categories from the Parenting Media Association (formerly Parenting Publications of America, a trade association representing more than 120 multimedia outlets in the US, Canada, and Australia). She wrote the "Good Stuff" and "Short Stuff" departments in Washington Parent magazine, profiles local women and publishes features there, and for more than 7 years had a monthly travel column, "Are We There Yet?"
In addition to her "Grace in the Gray Areas" column for Washington Woman magazine, she wrote frequent features and travel articles and a book column called "Book Shelf."
Karen's book reviews and author interviews appeared in her "Turning the Page" department for the website of The Transition Network, an organization for women 50+ deciding "what's next." She also contributed quotations called "Gems of Grace in the Gray Areas" for TheTransitionNetwork.org. Karen created and facilitated an ongoing journaling group for TTN's DC Chapter.
Karen is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2012! She is a community volunteer for the Montgomery County Commission for Women's annual Women's Legislative Briefing.
She is the proud mother of son Samuel Juh.
Now blogging at karenkullgren.blogspot.com, at Facebook.com/graceinthegrayareas, and on Twitter @gracengrayareas, she also offers Journaling to Grace in the Gray Areas workshops.
Exploring Blithewold, Newport