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Paul and Judy Karasik
Paul Karasik and Judy Karasik
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Biographical Statements

Judy Karasik
Judy Karasik was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. From the late 1970s through mid-1980s she was an editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston where writers she worked with included Louise Erdrich--she acquired and edited Love Medicine as well as Ms. Erdrich's first book of poetry-- Julius Lester, and Edward Whittemore. After she left publishing, Ms. Karasik raised money for Amherst College, and freelanced as an editor, writer, and fund raising consultant.

She has been a judge for the National Book Award in Poetry and the National Endowment for the Arts Prose Panel. She has written commissioned reports for several foundations and non-profits, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and The New York Times' op-ed page, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the Agni Review, among others.
She has written extensively on the subject of youth service and was Senior Training Officer at the federal Corporation for National Service. Her responsibilities included supervision of the training and technical assistance for integration of people with disabilities in AmeriCorps. In 1996 she started a family and moved to Tuscany, where she freelanced as a writer and editor. Presently, she and her family live in Maryland.

Paul Karasik
Upon graduating from Pratt Institute in 1981, Paul Karasik studied at the School of Visual Arts with cartoonists Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman. He was Associate Editor of Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's avant garde international comics and graphics review, RAW. In addition he published his own magazine, Bad News, which was among the first to run the work of cartoonists Ben Katchor, Gary Panter, and others.

In collaboration with artist David Mazzucchelli, he adapted Paul Auster's novel City of Glass as a graphic novel. In a full-page review, Newsweek acclaimed the work as "the first time the [cartoon] form has tried to interpret serious contemporary literature." The New York Times Book Review commented that "the many layers of Mr. Auster's speculations about existence are pulled back to reveal a deft mystery." The graphic novel has been translated into French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Spanish, was named one of the best 100 comics of the century by Comics Journal, awarded Best Foreign Comic of the Year 1999 in Spain, and included in excerpt in The Norton Anthology of Post-Modern Literature.

Mr. Karasik's cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker and Nickelodeon magazines. He has taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn, and, for the past three years, at the Scuola de Comics in Florence, Italy.
He presently lives on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts with his family.

Joan Pascal Karasik
Joan Pascal Karasik was born in New York City in 1918, was educated at Swarthmore and Columbia University, and moved to Washington, DC during the Second World War, where her work on several congressional committees included investigation of migratory labor in the Everglades and war mobilization issues. After she started a family and it became clear that the oldest of her four children had a serious cognitive disability, Ms. Karasik became involved in advocacy, education, and volunteer work in childhood education and disability. She was joined in this work by her husband, Monroe Karasik. She has served on numerous state and local studies and commissions and is the recipient of many awards including recognition as one of Maryland's Outstanding Women. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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