Karissa Knox Sorrell is a poet, writer, and ESL (English as a Second Language) educator. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Evening Body (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She’s also a contributing essayist to the anthology Soul Bare (InterVarsity Press, 2016). Her poems and essays can be seen in a variety of literary journals, including Cumberland River Review, Whale Road Review, San Pedro River Review, St. Katherine Review, Relief Journal, and Gravel Mag. Two of Karissa’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her YA novel, Ashes, is represented by literary agent Nicole Payne of Golden Wheat Literary Agency. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University in 2010.
Karissa has eighteen years of experience in public education, sixteen of which have been in the ESL field. She’s taught both elementary and high school ESL and spent five years as an ESL Instructional Coach. She earned her Master of Education with a focus on Teaching English to Non-English Language Background Learners from Tennessee State University in 2003.
She was raised as a preacher’s kid and missionary kid and partially grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. In her twenties, she took a journey from evangelical Protestantism to Eastern Orthodoxy. As of late, she has had more doubts and questions than certainty about faith. She continues to challenge tradition, seek truth, and make peace with her changing beliefs.
After living in Nashville, Tennessee, for 22 years, Karissa and her family of four recently moved to Lafayette, Louisiana.