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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). His short piece “Irony of the Second Degree” appears in 24 Gun Control Plays (NoPassport Press) and has been performed around the world. His full-length play Pyramid Builders received its world premiere production by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company in April 2023. In addition to his dramatic writing, he’s published the novels Sex, Drugs & Spiritual Enlightenment (but mostly the first two) and Kat’s Cradle: Webolution Book One, short fiction in Meat for Tea, Catalyst, Pif Magazine, and ActiveMuse, and creative nonfiction and poetry in The Wayfarer, with a story in the forthcoming B Cubed Press anthology Alternative Leadership. Projects in development include Solar Max: Webolution Book Two and a fictionalized version of the lives and deaths of his maternal grandparents and mother drawing on their own recorded memories called Playing By Ear. He and life partner Ti Wilhelm share their house with five wonderfully wacky cats.

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