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Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young is the author of the novel Subduction, a Paris Review staff pick called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post, a “brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times and “gorgeously, toughly written” by Library Journal in a starred review. Subduction was a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards in 2020. Forthcoming in Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, PANK Magazine, The Rumpus and Fiction International, her personal essays are anthologized in Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity and Pie & Whiskey, a New York Times New & Noteworthy Book.

A prize-winning journalist, essayist and book critic, Kristen is the editor of Seismic – Seattle, City of Literature, a free essay collection that reflects on Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. Her writing appears most recently in the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Guardian, Literary Hub, Seattle Met, Psychology Today, Hobart, Crosscut, Moss, wildness and elsewhere. Her short stories have been published by the Los Angeles Review and Joyland Magazine.

A literary moderator, performer and teacher, Kristen is an instructor of creative writing for the University of Washington Continuum College and the Seattle Public Library, where she gives free classes in English and Spanish. From 2016 to 2019, Kristen was board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit news studio she co-founded in 2009 to serve vulnerable peoples and places of the Pacific Northwest. InvestigateWest’s award-winning stories led to the passage of a dozen new laws to improve the environment and the lives of foster families, people of color caught in the criminal justice system, health care workers and government transparency advocates.

Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. Her reporting has been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Kristen earned fellowships from UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program and the UW Graduate School, where she was a Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Scholar. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in History & Literature and citations in Latin American Studies and Spanish, later earning her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. @kristenmillares

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