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Karuna Das (Sanskrit for “servant of compassion”) is the pen and spirit name of Kyle Bostian. Born in Wisconsin, he grew up in Massachusetts and presently resides in Pennsylvania, but he lives wherever he happens to be at that moment, feels at home everywhere in the universe, and steps through almost any door that opens to him. He holds a BA in English (UMass), an MFA in Playwriting (UW - Seattle), and a PhD in Theatre and Dramaturgy (FSU). He’s published drama in 24 Gun Control Plays (NoPassport Press), short fiction in Meat for Tea, Catalyst, Pif Magazine, and ActiveMuse, and creative nonfiction and poetry in The Wayfarer. His novel Sex, Drugs & Spiritual Enlightenment (but mostly the first two) was a semifinalist for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction Award and will be published by DX Varos in March 2023. Current projects include a sequel to Kat’s Cradle, a follow-up to SD&SE, and a memoir about his relationship with his mother. He and life partner Tiffany “Ti” Wilhelm share their house with five wonderfully wacky cats.