Karen Klein received her BA from Radcliffe College and her PhD from Columbia University and pursued a dual career. As an academic, she taught English and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brandeis University for 37 years. As a visual artist, she makes wood sculptures, ink drawings, and artist's books. . She has had eight solo exhibitions, including those of her wood sculpture at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Cast Iron Gallery in New York City. Her work, "the intimate life of trees" was shown with the poetry of Marguerite Bouvard at the Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center in Waltham and at the Morse Library in Natick. In making her sculptures she tries to stay as close as possible to the natural forms she finds while altering them in terms of combination and structure. She is a member of the New England Sculptors and has exhibited with them in museums and galleries regionally. As a member of the Studios Without Walls, she exhibited installations at the Boston Nature Center, the Brookline Muddy River and the Coolidge Corner Library.