Karen Kinney is a writer, visual artist, and teacher. At her core, she is a mystic and guide, channeling wisdom through her creative work. She has spent over 20 years practicing and studying contemplative spirituality, and this is the basis from which her creativity is birthed. She desires to use a multitude of creative mediums as vessels for truth, love, and justice.
She is also passionate about providing platforms for women’s spiritual perspectives and experiences through writing. She authors a quarterly newsletter on the divine feminine and co-leads writing groups designed to support the union of mysticism and words on the page.
Her forthcoming book, Gateways to Transformation: Wisdom for the Creative Soul, is a compilation of meditations on an array of topics including abundance, gratitude, transitions, stepping into your power, and embracing the unknown.
Her first book, The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path, is a guide to fully owning and nurturing your creative passions and work.
In addition to writing books, Karen is a freelance writer and her personal essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Common Dreams, Cultural Daily, A Loved Life, and Mexico News Daily.
She has pursued a multifaceted art career, exhibiting work nationally and internationally. Her art resides in numerous private collections, including those of Stanford University, actor Bob Odenkirk, and NPR's Guy Raz, and was purchased for the Lionsgate film The Lincoln Lawyer. She has designed installation work for the Los Angeles International Airport and painted murals in LA and Mexico.
As a speaker, Karen has led workshops on the creative process in the States and taught about creative freedom at The University of Hong Kong and The San Miguel de Allende International Writers’ Conference in Mexico. Read an in-depth interview with her about creativity, or listen to a podcast interview.
Karen hails from the Midwest and obtained a Masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She made California her home for 17 years and now splits her time between Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with her husband and their cat, Sophie.