I AM: Portrait Poem

I am calm but creative
I wonder about the rain
I hear showers
I see water
I want to be drenched in droplets
I am calm but creative

I pretend to teach
I feel uneasy
I touch ideas
I worry about tessellations
I cry over victimized children
I am calm but creative

I understand reality
I say I roll with the punches
I dream about goodwill
I try to be compassionate
I hope for harmony
I am calm but creative


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Contact Info

Dr. Karen V. Lee
Faculty of Education
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4

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Lee, K.V. (2010b).  An Autoethnography:  Music Therapy after Laser Eye Surgery.  Qualitative  Inquiry. 16(4)244-248.


Lee, K. V. (2010a).  Miscarriage.  Families, Systems, and Health, 28(20), 194.


Gouzouasis, P.J. & Lee, K.V.  (2009). The Cage:  Stuff, Tunes, Tales. Reflective Practice,

10(2), 173-178.

Lee, K.V. (2009). Georgie’s Girl :  last conversation with my father.  In P. Chamberlayne & M.

Smith, (Eds.). Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice.  (pp.31-38).

NewYork, NY:  Routledge.


Lee, Karen V. (March, 2009).  White Whispers.  Cell 2 Soul: Human Health Care Blog.


Lee, K. V. (2009).  I Reach for Rum.  Qualitative Inquiry, 15(3), 499-502.


Wu Yue Yue & Lee, K.V. (Jan, 2008). The Inspire from Courses of Music Education in Canada,

Journal of Music Inditing, Music Association, China


Gouzouasis, P. J. & Lee, K.V. (2008). Sticky Knot Danish. In J. G. Knowles, S.  Promislow & A. L. Cole, (Eds.). Creating Scholartistry: Imagining the Arts-informed Thesis or Dissertation* (pp. 15-25. Vol. 4, Arts-informed Inquiry Series). Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON: Backalong Books & The Centre for Arts-informed Research.


Lee, K.V. (2008). Myrt’s Kitchen.  Journal of Loss and Trauma, International Perspectives on Stress & Coping, 13(6), 541-546.


Lee, K. V.  (2008). A Neophyte about Online Teaching: Almost Done. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(7), 1180-1186.


Lee, K. V. (2008)  Scrabble:  An Autoethnography about Adoption.  Iowa Journal of Communication, 40(1&2),115-125.


Lee, K. V.  (2008). White Whispers. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(6), 896-890.


Lee, Karen V. (2008). A Sketchbook of Memories [38 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 40.  Available at


Lee, Karen V. (June, 2008).  Georgie’s Girl.  Cell 2 Soul: Human Health Care Blog.  Available at:


Lee, K.V.  (2008).  “Out of the Cage” in The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative ways of knowing, research and representation, edited by Four Arrows, published by Routledge, 149-154.


Lee. K.V. (2008).  A Slice of Fruitcake:  An Autoethnographic Reflection. (JAHA) Journal of Aging, Humanities and Arts, 2(1), 41-47.


Lee, K. V. (2008). Chaos. Visions in Research in Music Education, v.11. Available at:

Lee, K. V.  (2007). Caesar’s Closure. Reflective Practice, 8(4), 545-550.

Lee, K. V.  (2007). George’s Girl:  Last Conversation with my Father, Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(3), 289-296.

Lee, K.V.  (2007).  George:  Music and Apple Pie.  Journal of Creative Work (Scientific Journals International), [On-line Journal], v(2), Art. 3. Available at:

Lee, K.V. (2007, October). Confessing Takes Courage. [22 paragraphs] Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 8(1), Art. 6. Available at:


Lee, K. V. (2006F). A Fugue About Grief. Qualitative Inquiry. 12(6), 1154-1159.


Lee, K. V. (2006E).  Drumming Math. Canadian Music Educator Journal.  48(2), 50-51.


Lee, K. V. (2006D). The Eleventh Hour. Visions in Research in Music Education, v.8. Available at:

Lee, K. V.  (2006C).  Fallen Diva.  Reflective Practice, 7(3), 383-391.


Lee, K. V.  (2006B).  At The Beach:  Mother and Daughter.  Lifewriting, 3(1), 141-146.


Lee, K. V.  (2006A).  Her Real Story.  Journal of Loss and Trauma. 11(3), 257-260.


Lee, K. V.  (2005C).  Spoiled in Academia.  Qualitative Inquiry11(6), 939-940.


Lee, K. V.  (2005B). Neuroticism:  End of a Doctoral Dissertation.  Qualitative Inquiry11(6), 933-938.


Lee, K. V.  (2005A).  Joseph Santini:  Divided I Stand.  Qualitative Inquiry. 11(4).


Lee, K.V.  (2004)  Nothing New:  Lots of Gel.  Action Criticism & Theory for Music Education. 3 (1).


Lee, K. V.  (2003).  Maria’s Medley.  English Quarterly. 35(2), 20-21.


Gouzouasis, P. & Lee, K.V.  (2002).  Do You Hear What I Hear:  Musicians Composing The Truth:  Teacher Education Quarterly, Fall 2002.  29(4), 125-141.




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As UBC Faculty Advisor and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, UBC, Vancouver, B. C., Canada, I’m available for questions about coursework and practicum, to obtain a B. Ed. and BC teaching certificate.

My research interests include issues of music/teacher education, performance ethnography, memoir, women’s life histories, autoethnography, writing practices, and arts-based approaches to qualitative research. My doctoral dissertation was a book of short stories titled Riffs of Change: Musicians Becoming Music Educators. I am a teacher, writer, musician, music educator, and researcher. Currently, I teach undergraduate and graduate students at UBC in both traditional and online contexts.

I look forward to having you as students and making your professional UBC B. Ed. year a positive and rewarding academic and educational experience.


Dr. Karen V. Lee
UBC Faculty Advisor/Lecturer


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