The Seven Churches of The Revelation

"Stories in the Stones"

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Jets and Cartwheels

A Wonder Women Day Trip

On a Rooftop In Morocco

High Spirits Haunted Tour
of Houston

Internet Romance



Bruce Springsteen
Ozzy Ozbourne
Lenny Kravitz
Roy Clark
Marilyn Manson
Amy Grant



She's Come Undone
The Hand I Fan With
Only Twice I've Wished For Heaven


Karen Leslie Strawn,


Karen Strawn
PSC 557 Box 1395
FPO AP 96379

US Home Phone (512) 864-3694

US cell phone (512) 507-9056


Current Employment August 2007-present: Fourth grade teacher, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, Kadena Air Base Okinawa, Japan. Principal, Dr. Deborah Carlson.

Publishing Qualifications

  • Feature/Travel Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Layout/Design
  • Conceptualist
  • Teacher/Speaker

Media Experience

Aug 1999- present Freelance Writer, various print media publications of travel features, educational pieces and essays. For recent publications see left column of website.

Aug. 1999-   Telephone Sales Representative, Austin-American Statesman ,

                    Austin, Texas

Aug. 2001;   Classified Manager, Nicki Stade (512) 445-4006

1990-1993    Classified Advertising. Public Relations. Classified Advertising Salesperson of the month for October and November 1992.


1996- June 1999 Staff Writer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois

Entertainment Editor, Dan Craft (309) 829-9411

Contract writer for newspaper. Music, theatre, book reviews, features, entertainment column, hard news.


1994-1995 Editorial Assistant, The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas

Publisher, Gary Borders (409) 564-8361

Coordinate daily newpaper editorial staff. Write and edit stories. Maintain monthly calendar of events.


1984-1987 Receptionist, Playboy Enterprises, Chicago, Illinois

Senior Photo Editor, Jeff Cohen (312) 751-8000 x2450

Photo department receptionist. Meet/greet clients, celebrities, professional photographers and models. Coordinate studio time. Maintain 17-line phone system for executives within the company. Distribute and screen fan mail.



Masters of Elementary Education Reading, Southwest Texas State University. December 2001.


Bachelor of Applied Arts in Communication, Journalism/Radio-TV, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas 1995


Associate Degree in Fine Arts Theatre, Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas 1983.



Morocco, Africa , June 1999, field experience & story research.

Adana, Turkey, August 2002- July 2005. Middle Eastern culture research.

Okinawa, Japan, August 2005 - present. Japaneese education research.

For gaps in Media-related employment see Teaching experience.





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