Karen Downing taught Language Arts and Gifted and Talented courses at Valley High School in West Des Moines for 34 years. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is a Special Projects Coordinator for the Des Moines nonprofit, CultureALL.
Ana McCracken received her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. She is a published author with pieces appearing in the California Writers Club’s Literary Review, and the anthologies Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God—51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection, and Chicken Soup for the Soul—The Joy of Adoption, and Telepoem Booth® Iowa. At one time she was a columnist and editor for Maui Vision magazine, and her essays and articles have appeared in various publications around the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently seeking representation for her memoir titled, Redacted—A Memoir of Adoption. You can visit her at her website.