Author(s): Karen Zelas
I am Minerva begins with a light-hearted selfie and ends with the writer’s realisation that – like the goddess Minerva – she is a custodian of words and creativity and even wisdom. A poet no less. In between the selfie and the self-realisation, Karen Zelas explores with intense fascination the people and histories that inform her life. There is colour here and humour too, and a sense of excitement at the myriad and sometimes surprising ways human beings make their way on this planet, with or without the gods.
Karen Zelas is a Christchurch writer and editor. She commenced writing full-time in 2006, following a career in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Karen is the author of a novel and two poetry collections, with her verse play Geography of Loss performed in 2014, and her poetry winning places in several competitions in New Zealand and Australia. She is an editor of takahē literary and arts magazine and has recently started a small press, Pūkeko Publications.