About Karen

Karen Cotton
Karen Cotton

I am the author of the children’s chapter book, Carol and Santa, which is being made into a movie by Mighty Fudge Studios and Boulder Community Media. I am also the author of two children’s non-fiction picture books; “Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places,” and published May 9, 2017, “K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department,” which was funded from a Wyoming Arts Council grant. My Vedauwoo book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, the Depot Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the University of Wyoming Bookstore in Laramie, Wyoming,  at Wind City Books in Casper, Wyoming and online at http://www.Barnesandnoble.com and http://www.Amazon.com.

I am an entertainment and features reporter/editor. I own my own magazine, Sweet as Cotton Candy, that covers entertainment and the arts. I worked under contract for The Cheyenne Post briefly until I terminated my contract in September.  I worked at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle for almost 12 years. I interviewed thousands of celebrities, some of those are; B.B. King, Naomi Judd, Clint Black, members of KORN, Michael Connelly, David Copperfield, Rodney Carrington, Larry the Cable Guy, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Josh Groban, the Jonas Brothers, Kevin Bacon and Taylor Swift. I parted ways with them in March of 2011 because I was pregnant, I also pursued my music career and ended up creating, Sweet as Cotton Candy, my online entertainment magazine.

I also am an award winning musician, songwriter, dancer, artist and photographer. I play the piano, guitar, violin, clarinet and percussion and I sing. I danced at Act Two Dance Studios in Cheyenne, Wyoming until I broke my foot in a car accident in June. My daughter and I have performed in the San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker, Cheyenne performance.

I’m a member of the Gospel Music Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I’ve been a member of the Wyoming Writer’s Inc. and Western Writers of America.

Awards:

I was awarded a Professional Development Grant by the Wyoming Arts Council in fall of this year, 2019.  This enabled for me to afford and attend the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s SCBWI conference in Golden, Colo. in order to advance my career as an author.

In 2016 I was awarded an Individual Professional Artist Development grant from the Wyoming Arts Council for my book, “K9 and Officer Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.”

I won numerous awards as a reporter. One of those was a fellowship.

I am a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient for the Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at the University of Southern California Annenberg’s School of Journalism. The link to find out more information about this is https://news.usc.edu/17112/USC-Annenberg-Announces-NEA-Fellowships/

I am still a theater and music critic. That was also a role that I had at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

In the summer of 2011 I received an Individual Professional Artist Development Grant from the Wyoming Arts Council. The grant was for songwriting. I attended the Gospel Music Association’s conference IMMERSE. http://www.experienceimmerse.com

In the fall of 2011 I received a music scholarship to Laramie County Community College. I was a vocal performance major and I was an editor of the High Plains Register, the school’s literary journal.

In September of 2011 I had a photography show at the Clay Paper Scissors Gallery in downtown Cheyenne. My show, “Rising from the Ashes: New York City 2005″ featured photos of New York City four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In December my “Rising from the Ashes” show was shown at the Cheyenne Family YMCA. That exhibit is on permanent display in Cheyenne at Cheyenne’s Fire and Rescue building. My photograph, “Robin in the Snow,” was juried into the Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition.

I also am an Individual Professional Artist Development Grant recipient from the Wyoming Arts Council for my Vedauwoo book and an SCBWI Rocky Mountain Region conference that I attended in the past.