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Karen Rivera is a freelance editor, writer, and Spanish to English translator with a passion for storytelling. She previously covered breaking news as a reporter at the New York bureau for The Tokyo Shimbun and The Chunichi Shimbun, two major Japanese newspapers. Based out of the United Nations, she covered the Security Council’s diplomatic actions on North Korea, the Middle East and North Africa, counterterrorism, and nuclear non-proliferation. Karen also had a brief stint as a communications associate for Ceres, a nonprofit focused on corporate sustainability. When not clacking away at her keyboard, Karen can be found watching old films from the Criterion collection and staring adoringly at her partner’s cat, Abby.
As a writer and editor, Karen has found the connection between art and the human experience an integral one to maintain. It sounds cheesy, but whether it's through video games, film, music, comics, or books, art can share people's feelings about death, dying, and the poignancy of life in ways that conversations can't. Karen's hope is that by guiding writers and end-of-life experts in sharing their advice and knowledge, people can learn how to organize their end-of-life journeys to enjoy life now.