While holding auditions for my play “Metamorphosis, Junior Year,” I could tell that the teens had struggled to find relevant, age-appropriate monologues. Some of the most effective auditions were by students who had taken poems from my novel of the same name and rewritten them in first person. After the play wrapped, the ensemble of […]~ read more ~
E. Kristin Anderson is a multi-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 recently took a position as Special Projects Manager at ELJ Publications and is a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin co-edited the DEAR TEEN ME anthology (based on the popular website) and is the editor of the forthcoming anthologies HYSTERIA: Writing the female body and COME AS YOU ARE, an anthology of writing on 90’s pop culture. As a poet, Kristin has been published in many magazines including Juked, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Room and Cicada and she has work forthcoming in Indianola Review, The Boiler, and Quaint. 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), 17 DAYS (ELJ, 2015), ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (ELJ, 2016), FIRE IN THE SKY (Grey Book Press, 2016), and SHE WITNESSES (dancing girl press, 2016). 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.