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Karen Ellinwood

Tucson, Arizona, United States


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Karen Ellinwood, also writing as JB Stearns. I was a CUNY Writers' Institute Fiction
Fellow 2010-2011. I practiced law in criminal defense, concentrating on sex offenses
and violent crimes, for roughly 13 years. I earned my PhD in language and culture in
education and an Education Specialist degree in bilingual education from the
University of Arizona. By day I am a specialist in faculty instructional development for the
College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.

I completed a novel (unpublished) entitled, Blood Sacrifice: Refusal to Protect (first
chapter available at A related novel, Munchausen's
Daughter, is in progress.

I also write historic fiction as JB Stearns, a name borrowed from my great great great
grandfather, a 19th century American painter. My work as JB Stearns includes a faux
autobiographical novel of vampire fiction, JB Stearns: The Eighth Age of Life.

My published work is based in academic research (e.g., Handbook of research on
literacy and diversity, Lesley Mandel Morrow, Robert Rueda, Diane Lapp (Eds.);
Encyclopedia of education and human development, Volume 1, Stephen J. Farenga,
Daniel Ness (Eds.)).

Interests: writing; reading, of course; law; mystery; poetry; favorite authors: Shakespeare; Margaret Atwood

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity
  • Establishing ties: HIV prevention through facilitation: The case of Mujer Sana Healthy Woman
  • Home and School Relations, In Encyclopedia of education and human development, Volume 1