Karen Pittelman

Karen Pittelman is the author of two non-fiction books about social justice philanthropy, Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change and Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy, with co-author Alison Goldberg, both from Soft Skull Press. Her poetry has been published in journals including BodegaKeyhole, Machine DreamsNew World Writing, The Pinch, and New South. She is also a singer-songwriter for the queer country band Karen & the Sorrows, and their most recent album, The Narrow Place, was featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Noisey, and on WNYC’s The Takeaway. She co-founded Chahara Foundation and The Trans Justice Funding Project, and tends to rant a lot about philanthropy.