About Me

Karen PittelmanKaren Pittelman is the author of two non-fiction books about social justice philanthropy, Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change and Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy, both from Soft Skull Press. Her poetry has been published in journals including Keyhole, Machine DreamsNew World Writing, The Pinch, and New South. She is also a singer-songwriter for the queer country band Karen & the Sorrows, and their most recent album, The Narrow Place, was featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Noisey, and on WNYC’s The Takeaway. She co-founded Chahara Foundation and The Trans Justice Funding Project, and tends to rant a lot about philanthropy. She graduated from Brown University in 1997 with a BA in Creative Writing.