With water white is the great tree wet;
Thence come the dews that fall in the dales,
Green by Urth's well does it ever grow.
Art by Miguel Coimbra
Karl's website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world's Best Religion Weblog
in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It is the first religion blog to enter the
Weblog Awards Hall of Fame. In addition to original articles and
interviews on myth and religion, the site features projects such as the Worldwide Heathen Census 2013, a first attempt to estimate current numbers of adherents of the modern iteration of Norse religion.
Karl is a featured columnist for The Wild Hunt, the primary international source for news and commentary relating to minority religions. Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist, has called The Wild Hunt "a must-read for those interested in news and events dealing with the modern Pagan and Heathen communities – and religion coverage in general."
Karl's writing on mythology and religion has been broadcast on the BBC
as part of a series featuring "leading writers on arts, history,
philosophy, science, religion and beyond." His work has been published
(Germany), Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), MythNow (Joseph Campbell
Foundation), On Religion (UK), Religion and Ethics (Australia),
and Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland).
Karl was editor for The Illustrated Hávamál: Sayings of the High One, a dual-language (Old Norse and Modern English) edition of the medieval Odin poem with new illustrations by artist Sam Flegal. He wrote all definitions relating to Ásatrú (Norse religion) in the Religion Newswriters Association's Religion Stylebook, and he was a co-author of the Heathen Resource Guide for Chaplains written for the U.S. Department of Defense.
"One Crime over the Line: Śiśupāla in the Mahābhārata," Karl's article examining events at the royal consecration of Yudhiṣṭhira in light of other happenings in the Mahābhārata, later Indian texts, historical practice and religious concepts, will be published in volume 65 of the Journal of the Oriental Institute, the peer-reviewed academic publication of MSU of Baroda (India), the institution that issued critical editions of Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa and the Viṣṇu Purāṇa.
Karl has been interviewed on myth and religion by the ABC, BBC, Daily Beast, History Channel, OnFaith, Public Radio International's The World, Strings Magazine, Chicago Public Radio's Morning Edition, Raven Radio, Viking Magazine and Wired Magazine. He has been a featured lecturer on literary and musical interpretations of Norse mythology at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wagner Society of America and Wheaton College.
A member of the American Academy of Religion, Religion Newswriters Association, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, and Viking Society for Northern Research (UK), Karl is also the Official Norse Mythologist of the Stephanie Miller Show.
degrees in literature and music from University of California at San
Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Texas at
Austin. He studied literature and art history at Loyola University
Chicago Rome Center in Italy and has taken Icelandic language courses
through University of Iceland's distance learning program. He recently
received an academic scholarship from University of Chicago Divinity
School and is now working on an MA in Religion.
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