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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. Currently longlisted for a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Subduction is a finalist for a 2020 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award. Published by Red Hen Press, Subduction was a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards in 2020. A prize-winning journalist, essayist and book critic, Kristen is the editor of Seismic, an acclaimed essay collection that reflects on Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. Forthcoming in Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, The Rumpus, PANK Magazine 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.

From 2021-2023, Kristen will be a featured presenter for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, teaching a free generative writing workshop in English and Spanish throughout Washington state. As 2018-2020 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, where she created that institution’s first Spanish-language-only literary programs in collaboration with Seattle Escribe, Kristen mentored more than 100 writers about their creative work and hopes. A frequent performer and moderator for leading authors like Viet Thanh Nguyen, Madeline Miller, Luis Alberto Urrea and Carmen Maria Machado, Kristen is an instructor of creative writing for the University of Washington Continuum College, the Seattle Public Library and various writing conferences. Her essays, book reviews and investigations appear most recently in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Literary Hub, the Seattle Times, Seattle Met, Psychology Today, Hobart, Crosscut, Moss and elsewhere. Forthcoming in the anthology Indomitable/Indomables, her short fiction has been published by the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, wildness and Pacifica Literary Review.

Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. Her reporting for the Guardian and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. 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 GO-MAP Scholar. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in History & Literature, later earning her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. 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 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. @kristenmillares

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