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About Karen Yin

  • Founder of Conscious Style Guide, Editors of Color, and AP vs. Chicago
  • Author of Whole Whale (Barefoot Books, 2021) and So Not Ghoul (Page Street Kids, 2022)

Winner of the 2017 ACES Robinson Prize for furthering the craft of professional editing, Karen Yin coined the term “conscious language” and helped catapult these practices into the mainstream. She’s the founder of several acclaimed digital tools, including Conscious Style Guide, the first website devoted to conscious language; The Conscious Language Newsletter, its companion publication; Editors of Color, tools for diversifying your staff and sources; and AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style.”

Conscious Style Guide was named by Poynter as one of the top tools for journalists in 2018 and is recommended by ACES, CMOS Online, Buzzfeed, EFA, SPJ, Poets & Writers, SCBWI, and many others, including NASA. A member of the Chicago Manual of Style Advisory Board, Karen has also been consulted by ACES, EFA, and AP Stylebook. She was the style columnist for Copyediting and has given talks on the craft of writing, conscious editing, and conscious language.

Prior, Karen was a copywriter and editor for over two decades. She ran the editorial department at advertising agencies, where she performed quality control on campaigns for Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Pixar, Universal, and Warner Bros.

An award-winning fiction writer, Karen is a proud member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Accolades for her fiction include a California Arts Council Established Artist Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Fellowship (LGBTQ+), a Table 4 Writers Foundation grant, an SCBWI Nonfiction Grant and selection of her flash fiction by the L.A. Public Library for its permanent collection and Short Story Portal.

Karen’s debut picture book, Whole Whale, a story about making space, was published in 2021 by Barefoot Books, with award-winning illustrator Nelleke Verhoeff on board. Her second picture book, So Not Ghoul, will be published by Page Street Kids in fall 2022, illustrated by Bonnie Lui. Her short story “My Kinda Sorta Badass Move” will be published in Bridges and Islands: Twenty Stories from Multiracial and Multicultural Authors, a young adult anthology from Inkyard Press (winter 2023). For Karen’s picture book recommendations, visit DiversePictureBooks.com.

Karen supports equity and inclusivity in the world of books and beyond. She is not available for events that discriminate against historically excluded, marginalized, or underrepresented communities.

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