Kristen Millares Young

A prize-winning journalist and essayist, Kristen Millares Young is the author of the novel Subduction, named a staff pick by the Paris Review and called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post, a “brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times and “utterly unique and important” by Ms. Magazine. Published by Red Hen Press, Subduction won silver Nautilus and Independent Publisher Book awards. Shortlisted for a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Subduction was also a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards and Foreword Indies Book of the Year. Kristen is the editor of Seismic, an essay collection that reflects on Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. Her essays, book reviews and investigations appear most recently in the Washington Post, PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, the Guardian, the Seattle Times, Seattle Met, Psychology Today, Hobart, Crosscut, Moss and elsewhere. From 2021-2023, Kristen will join the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau to teach a bilingual writing workshop 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, where she teaches a personal essay workshop for women. Forthcoming in Fiction International, her personal essays are anthologized in Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, 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 short fiction has been published by the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, wildness, Pacifica Literary Review and the anthology Indomitable/Indomables.

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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