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Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction, a Paris Review staff pick called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post, a “brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times and an “utterly unique and important first novel” by Ms. Magazine. Subduction was named a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards in 2020. An essayist, investigative journalist and book critic, Kristen served as Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House from 2018 to 2020. Forthcoming in Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, 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. Her writing appears in the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Guardian, Literary Hub, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, [PANK] Magazine, Psychology Today, Hobart, Poetry Northwest, Crosscut, Moss, Seattle’s Child, Proximity, Between Coasts and elsewhere.

As editor of Seismic – Seattle, City of Literature, published in September 2020, she curated a collection of ten essays by leading writers to reflect on Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. 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.

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, Chuckanut Writers Conference, Seattle Public Library 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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