Kristen Nelson


Tucson, AZ

Author's Bio

Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer and performer, literary activist, LGBTQ+ activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018)  and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012). Kristen’s poem “After the Crotalus atrox” was anthologized in The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide and nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize by University of Arizona Press. She has published work in Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Trickhouse, and Everyday Genius, among others. Kristen is the founder of Casa Libre en la Solana, a non-profit writing center in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked as the Executive Director for 14 years. She Earned her MFA in Creative Writing in 2011 from Goddard College, and her BA in English Literature with minors in Marine Science and Biology in 2000 from The University of Tampa. Kristen has been a creative writing instructor since 2010 and has taught at Naropa University, UA Poetry Center, STEP College Prep Program, and Pima Community College. She specializes in teaching Personal Narrative Essay Writing, Text/Image Collaborations, and Divinatory Poetics.

Publications & Prizes

the length of this gap (Damaged Goods Press, 2018)
sometimes I get lost and is grateful for noises in the dark: divinations (Dancing Girl Press, 2017)

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Mount Vernon, NY
New York
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Mount Vernon, NY
New York
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Last update: Jul 03, 2020