Dr. Karen Petit was born in Providence, Rhode Island. As she grew up with her six brothers and two sisters, she continually loved reading and writing. After graduating from high school, she got married and had two children before getting a divorce. While continuing to raise her children, Karen attended the Community College of Rhode Island. She then transferred to the University of Rhode Island, where she was a full-time student and mother, as well as often being a part-time employee at multiple jobs at the same time. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the University of Rhode Island.
Jennifer Salcido's April 2, 2014 article about Karen Petit's second novel, Mayflower Dreams, is on the CCRI Website.
An article by Meg Fraser has more information about Dr. Karen Petit: "Petit's Dreams Come True with Debut Novel." The article appeared in the 5/19/2013 Cranston Herald.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of four novels: Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, and Unhidden Pilgrims. All of this author's books have historic elements, Christian content, and dream/reality sections, which illustrate some of the connections that people can make between their dreams, past history, and their reality. Historic elements include scenes happening in such places as the Mayflower, Plimoth Plantation, Roger Williams Park, Brewster Gardens, the Jeremiah Dexter House, the Mount Hope Bridge, and the Rhode Island State House. Many photos are included, such as ones of Roger Williams, William Bradford, Massasoit, and the National Monument to the Forefathers.
Petit's novels include not only historic elements, but also romance and methods of dealing with such problems as fighting, anxiety, nightmares, quitting smoking, and separation. No graphic content and no profanity are included in Petit's novels, which are stocked in some area libraries.
Petit is currently writing a book of poetry, which will be published in 2018. This book will have poems with dream/reality connections, historic content, religious elements, interesting narratives, and creative symbolic content. For many years, Dr. Petit has been enjoying her writing activities, educational activities, and many author events.
Dr. Karen Petit knows about the theoretical aspects of writing, as well as the practical aspects of writing. She has been teaching for over twenty years at many of the colleges near her home: the Community College of Rhode Island, Bristol Community College, Massasoit Community College, Rhode Island College, Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College, Bryant University, Roger Williams University, New England Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and the University of Rhode Island.
For the past eight and a half years, Dr. Petit has been the full-time Writing Center Coordinator and an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island. Karen is also the creator of the CCRI Writing Center's Website. As a Website content manager, she has created many helpful online resources, which include multiple handouts and PowerPoint presentations.
In addition to writing novels and helping others to write, Dr. Petit has been writing poetry and academic documents. She also has been a presenter at multiple academic conferences, including at the CCCC Conference in 2005 and at the NEWCA Conference in 2013. Some of Karen's author presentation topics are available on her author website: drkarenpetit.com.
Karen has a large family, including her son, daughter, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Her family and friends have been the focus of her dreams and reality for many years.
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Dr. Karen Petit
is a descendent of
the Reverend John Robinson, the pastor of the Puritans.
Here is Karen's lineage:
Rev. John Robinson (1575-1625)
Isaac Robinson (1610-1704)
John Robinson (1640- )
Timothy Robinson (1671- )
Thomas Robinson (1703- )
Zephaniah Robinson (1729-1805)
Shadrack Robinson (1758-1842)
John Robinson (1781-1864)
Thomas Robinson (1823-1860)
Charles H. Robinson (1854-1940)
John D. Robinson (1886-1966)
John H. Robinson (1908-1988)
Lily Robinson Johnson (1926-1994)
Dr. Karen M. Petit