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2014: The Year of Jack Straw

Before I told the world that I wanted to be an author, I didn’t know there were people who would put together a podcast of my thoughts and work, who would write a song based on my book and invite me to sing, and who would plan dozens of readings to give my writing a platform and an audience.  I didn’t think the central branch of the Seattle Public LIbrary — a place I have visited with awe and joy — would feature me as a reader and record my performance.

In the seven years I have spent researching and writing my first novel (now in its seventh draft), I finally mustered the courage to disclose my hopes.  So many good folks, like the crew at the Jack Straw Writers Program, have sustained my daily dedication to this dream.  Thank you.

I am grateful to Jack Straw curator Felicia Gonzalez, who took time from her own writing to bring a diverse group together for a yearlong series of performances from Portland to Vancouver, including major Seattle venues such as the University Book Store, Elliott Bay Book Co, the Jack Straw Cultural Center and Richard Hugo House. I was in good company with Laurel Albina, Claudia Castro Luna, Margot Kahn, Loreen Lilyn Lee, Susan Meyers, John Mullen, Michelle Peñaloza, Gigi Rosenberg, Raúl Sánchez, Anastacia Tolbert and Jane Wong.

With the generous support of Jack Straw executive director Joan Rabinowitz and administrative coordinator Levi Fuller, we honed and shared our writing all year long.  2015 holds many more such collaborations: please check my events page for details.

Jack Straw May reading series

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NYT’s “Snow Fall” Awarded 2013 Pulitzer

I am so grateful that NYT Sports Editor Jason Stallman honored my research during his Pulitzer speech to the New York Times newsroom.
It was a privilege to help create the NYT article and e-book, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing as ”a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool.” Continue reading

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The Stranger Suggests Hugo House Reading…

Kristen Millares Young reading for Cheap Beer & Prose at Richard Hugo House on March 21, 2013. Photo Credit to Sarah Samudre.

Kristen Millares Young reads at Cheap Beer & Prose, Richard Hugo House, March 21 2013. Photo credit to Sarah Samudre.

I’ve turned to The Stranger for arts and culture events in Seattle since I moved here eight years ago. So it was with unseemly amounts of satisfaction that I read Paul Constant’s kind endorsement of the Cheap Beer & Prose reading I gave on March 21st with Nicole Hardy, Anca Szilágyi and Corinne Manning at Richard Hugo House.

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NYT’s Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Beginning in April 2012, I conducted research for The New York Times’ multimedia narrative feature entitled Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.  I am proud to be a small part of the team that produced the December 2012 story, which was written by John Branch.

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LitCrawl 2012: A Seattle Debut

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Thank you to Dark Coast Press for inviting me to read at the 2012 Seattle debut of LitCrawl, a series of readings in bookstores and bars. DCP Editor-in-Chief Jarret Middleton, Gabe Blackwell, John Hamilton, Elissa Washuta and Corinne Manning joined me at Spine & Crown Bookstore to prove that words are intoxicating.

On Thursday, October 18th, many friends and unknown persons showed up to this tiny bookstore despite the rain. We all carried on down the sodden streets to the next venue, a mile away. Only in Seattle.

© 2013 Kristen Millares Young.
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