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Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction, a novel forthcoming from Red Hen Press on April 14, 2020. An essayist, journalist and book critic, Kristen is Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a nonprofit home for writers. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, Poetry Northwest, Hobart, Crosscut, Moss, Seattle’s Child, Proximity, City Arts, Pacifica Literary Review, KUOW 94.9-FM, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Miami Herald, the Buenos Aires Herald and TIME Magazine. Her personal essays are anthologized in Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze (Sasquatch Books), a 2017 New York Times New & Notable Book, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity (Routledge) and Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury of New York and London, March 2021).

Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. 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. She was a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program and the University of Washington Graduate School, where she was a Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Scholar. As an editor-at-large for Proximity magazine, she helps curate literary conversations about telling true stories.

In 2003, Kristen 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. She teaches creative writing in English and Spanish at Hugo House, The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, the Seattle Public Library, Write Doe Bay and the University of Washington Continuum College. From 2016 to 2019, Kristen served as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit news studio she co-founded in 2009. InvestigateWest’s reporting in Washington and Oregon 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 advocates for government transparency. @kristenmillares

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