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Karrie Higgins

Image: A black & white close-up photo of a white woman with brown hair, tilting her head slightly to the side, wearing black & white striped glasses and looking directly at the camera.

Contact Karrie: karriehiggins at gmail.com

Karrie Higgins is a writer, journalist, essayist, magician, Intermedia artist, ink maker, alchemist, seamstress, disability activist, psychogeographer, NIH medical study subject, and rebel theologian without a faith living in Boulder, Colorado. Her writing & Intermedia art/journalism have appeared in Black Clock, DIAGRAM, The Manifest-Station, Quarter After Eight, Western Humanities Review, Rogue Agent, Deaf Poets Society, Everyday Feminism, The Body is Not An Apology, Cincinnati Review, the Los Angeles Review, Huffington Post, and others. She won the 2013 Schiff Award for Prose from the Cincinnati Review for "The Bottle City of God," about Mormon culture and the air pollution of Salt Lake City, and her essays have twice been notables in Best American Essays. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, a BA in English & Art History, post-bac studies in Criminology, and a certificate in Forensic Facial Reconstruction-Sculpture. She taught visual literacy, composition & English literature for various colleges for almost a decade. 

Often printing her own custom fabrics, Karrie expresses herself through homemade accessible clothing to help her cope with chronic pain, fatigue, and ataxia from her Chiari-Syringomyelia. In addition to writing, she also produces video, audio, photography, drawings, and homemade magical inks, papers & scrolls. She can often be found studying forensic science, teeth, dental conditions, bones, epigenetics, and air pollution — topics she has written about extensively. 

She pushes a blue steel rollator she calls her Mercury Comet GT, after one of the brother's muscle cars, and she is known as The Pink Lady for her colorful canes and tennis shoes. 

Currently, she is at work on an apocalyptic memoir-grimoire about resurrecting her brother, her experiences in Utah as an apprentice to a notorious Mormon forger, and her almost-conversion to the faith as she attempts to seal her siblings to her before the End of the World. 

You can find Karrie at her website, Facebook, and Twitter @karriehiggins

Find Karrie's current clips here, with selected clips below

Full Grown People, October 2016: A Tape Doesn't Change a Goddamned Thing

Huffington Post, April 2016: Prince and the Sparkle Brains: Growing up epileptic, surviving sexual abuse, and loving Prince

Everyday Feminism, October 2015: Dear Able Friends: I Am Not Your Inspiration Porn

Karrie is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism

Additional communication availability: Text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent) 

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