Karen Zelas is a Christchurch writer and former psychiatrist. She is Fiction Editor of takahē literary magazine and chairs the Takahē Collective Board; www.takahe.org.nz. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in New Zealand, and also in Australia. Her new book of poetry, feathers unfettered, is now available; her first, Night’s Glass Table, was the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book by Interactive Publications, Brisbane, who also republished her novel Past Perfect (Wily, 2010) as an ebook. Karen won the 2013 Playwrights Assn of NZ Competition for her script Poverty and Muse. Her play Geography of Loss will be staged in Christchurch in October 2014.