Author Bio

Karen E. Smith, PhD, is an award-winning professor of literacy education at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB, Canada where she has taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs for 19 years. Prior to this, she had 24 years of experience as: a teacher in both English and French immersion settings K- 12, a school division music coordinator K-12, and a principal. She is the author of over 100 journal articles, 3 texts, and 4 children's books. She has served as managing editor of English Quarterly and currently serves as co-editor of Classmate (Manitoba Association of Teachers of English journal). She provides editorial services for many noted journals/publication houses. She has held research grants with many foundations and recently has turned her attention to research on creativity and imagination connected to nature. 

Team member of the Simon Fraser University ILP  Imaginative Literacy Program.

Elected Board member of the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)
Elected Board member of Nature Manitoba