The short version:
E. Kristin Andersonis a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for the lovely folks at The New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance editor and writing coach. Wearer of many proverbial hats, Kristin an editor at NonBinary Review, helps make books at Lucky Bastard Press, and is a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin is the co-editor of the DEAR TEEN ME anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. Her YA memoir THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELLING is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. As a poet she has been published in many magazines including Juked, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Contemporary Verse 2, Room and Cicada and she has work forthcoming in Plath Profiles and The Quotable. Kristin is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry: A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press, 2014), PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (forthcoming from ELJ Publications), 17 DAYS (forthcoming from Choose the Sword Press), FIRE IN THE SKY (forthcoming from Greybook Press), and SHE WITNESSES (forthcoming from dancing girl press). She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook in her parents’ garage. She blogs at EKristinAnderson.com and is currently trying to trick someone into publishing her full-length collection of erasure poems based on women’s and teen magazines.
The looooong version:
E. Kristin Anderson, née Emily Morse (Google that, I dare you), grew up in the suburban town of Westbrook, Maine where she was a lot of things: art freak, obsessed Hanson fan, runner up in a school Karaoke contest,track athlete (Racewalk regional champion, jerks!), compulsive journaller (you’ll see excerpts in the blog!), troubled teen, Girl Scout drop-out, audiophile, obsessed Foo Fighters fan, wannabe lyricist, older sister, cat enthusiast, sort-of slacker, music store chain employee, Latin class superstar, almost-rebel.
As a grown-up (sort of), she has held the following jobs: post office aide, track coach, college campus tour guide, freelance writer, The New Yorker‘s lowest-on-the-totem-poll (if well-loved) Editorial Production Associate, volunteer copy editor for Mimesis Poetry (one issue, as Brit grammar made her nutty), insurance agency assistant-y girl, and her favorite, bookseller.At Connecticut College in the lovely town of New London, Kristin was Editor-In-Chief as well as defaulted-to layout editor and a music and pop culture columnist for The College Voice, which is now a zillion times better than it was when she was there (she considers this to be on account more support from the community, rather than her lack of ability to get people to write for her). She was also “that girl who never matches” and “that girl with sometimes pink hair” and a Classics major. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome.
Kristin co-founded the Dear Teen Me blog in December of 2010. In an exciting turn of events, DEAR TEEN ME the book, with all new material, is now available from the fabulous Zest Books. The website is still maintained, with the help of Priya Chand. New letters posting Monday through Friday. Check it out, you might find a letter from your favorite author…or discover some fantastic new authors through their letters.Currently living in Austin, Texas, Kristin has learned to say things like “y’all” and “might should,” and has made lots of awesome friends, especially at the Austin chapter of SCBWI. If you write for young people, JOIN your local chapter IMMEDIATELY. That is the best advice in the world, promise!
As a poet, Kristin has been published worldwide in many literary journals. She has two forthcoming chapbooks: A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY, a collection of found poetry using Jennifer Egan’s A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, will soon be published by Finishing Line Press. A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE, containing poems about the paranormal and the cryptozoological, is coming this year from Red Bird Chapbooks. For more details on Kristin’s poetry, see the PUBLICATIONS tab.
As a Photographer, Kristin has no credentials whatsoever. But she likes to make art. Her portfolio is here.
Kristin is constantly working on her next project, and has several novel manuscripts on her hard drive. She writes contemporary, paranormal, and somewhere-in-between YA, occasionally dabbling in sci fi with her sometimes writing partner Priya Chand. Kristin wrote her first novel at sixteen. It was about Hanson. Her sister is constantly looking for this manuscript at their parents’ house, which is still in Maine (teleportation pending).