Karen Connelly is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage which won the Orange Broadband New Writers Prize in 2006, was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize, and has been optioned for film. The New York Times Review of Books likened the novel to the works of Solzhenitsyn and Orwell.
Connelly is the author of nine books, including the recent memoir Burmese Lessons: A Love Story. Her journalism, essays and poetry have been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Toronto Star, The Walrus, The New Humanist (Britain), National Geographic Traveller, Shambhala Sun, and dozens of literary magazines and periodicals in Canada, the U.S., Britain, and Asia. She received the Governor General's Award for Touch the Dragon, A Thai Journal, in 1992 and was nominated for another Governor General's Award in Nonfiction for Burmese Lessons.
Recently, she has begun writing about Iraqi Kurdistan, which she visited in early 2012. This fall she will publish a new book of poetry and a collection of essays. She lives in Toronto Canada and spends her summers in Greece.