A multi-genre writer and performer, Kirsten Ogden grew up in Honolulu, rural Louisiana, and the Bay Area. She earned a BA in Drama Therapy at San Francisco State University and the MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Her plays and performance poems have been staged at college, university, and independent venues, and she has read and performed her work at numerous venues. She completed performance workshops at the American Conservatory Theater Academy in San Francisco, and the 2-year professional screenwriting program with the Writer’s Bootcamp Think Tank program in Santa Monica.
Kirsten’s poems, reviews & essays have been published in various publication literary journals, and her screenplays and plays have placed in numerous contests. Ms. Ogden is an outspoken advocate for arts education; she is a Teach for America Alumni and continues to work with the California Poets in the Schools program and the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshops. Former Director of Writing Programs at the University of La Verne, Ms. Ogden now teaches in the English Division at Pasadena City College.
Publications and Prizes
anderbo.com, Arsenic Lobster, Avatar Review, BAP Quarterly, English Journal, Fringe Magazine, Louisiana Literature, Phoebe, Poetic Diversity, Poetry Super Highway, Poets for Living Waters, Prism Review, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Slipstream