Kristen grew up in Newhall, California, then moved 26 miles south to Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where she received the MacDonald Harris Award for Fiction and a travel award from the International Center for Writing and Translation to work in Mexico.
Her stories have appeared in One Story, the Santa Monica Review, The American Literary Review, and St. Ann’s Review, among others. Her story, “Emperor of Umbrellas” was anthologized in ORANGE COUNTY: A LITERARY FIELD GUIDE.
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