Karen D. Gonzales

2022 Corn Mother Honoree


Karen Darlene (Trujillo) Gonzales is the author of a short memoir, “Finding the Lady Llorona,” published in the Almagre Review - Issue 5: Race-Class-Gender. She is a Chicana from Denver’s Westside. She attended two years of college and had a 30-year federal and state government working career. She retired in 2009 with 25 years of service from the Colorado Department of Transportation, where she worked in the Center for Equal Opportunity as a Program Manager and Civil Rights Specialist, a job in which she enjoyed assisting small, minority, and women-owned transportation businesses. Presently, she is the Denver Coordinator of Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club and Co-Founder of the Colorado Alliance of Latino Mentors and Authors (CALMA). Karen is also an activist, author, inventor, genealogist, and collector. She is the proud parent of one son and three grandchildren, a proud daughter of centenarians, and was honored to be their caregiver.

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“The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

– Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota

Karen is on pages 35-38

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