biophotoKristin was born and spent her childhood in Tucson, AZ, and then went to college at Northland College in Ashland, WI on the shores of Lake Superior.

She had dreams of being a forest ranger but ended up loving literature too much to stop taking English courses. But those two sharp contrasts in landscape and weather forged her poetic voice, reflecting both her desert and immigrant heritage and her love of the green woods and hospitality of the Midwest.

After graduate school in Duluth, Minnesota, Kristin and her husband lived in the Denver metro area, and then central Texas.

Since 2003, Kristin has lived in Chicago’s far western suburbs and taught English at Joliet Junior College. She graduated with an MFA in creative writing poetry in 2007 from the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Her work has appeared in the journals Fifth Wednesday, After Hours, Red Booth Review, The Massachusetts Review, Escape into Life, Menacing Hedge and others. .

Kristin’s first full-length book, What Will Keep Us Alive, was published in the fall of 2015 by Sundress Publications. Her most recent chapbook is Agoraphobia, available from Dancing Girl Press. She also has a chapbook of dramatic monologues titled Town Limits: Red Beaver Lake, Minnesota and another titled Blood, both of which are out of print. Her poems are also included in the following anthologies:

Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century

Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity