Kristen Iversen grew up in Colorado and writes literary nonfiction and fiction. Two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, her books include Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats; Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth; Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction; and a forthcoming literary biography of Nikola Tesla. She is also editor of the anthology Doom with a View and co-editor of the anthology Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn’t Seen. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Hotel Amerika, The American Scholar, and others. Full Body Burden has been chosen by more than 30 universities around the country for their Common Read/First Year Experience programs and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary. It has also been optioned for a major tv series.
In addition to two Colorado Book Awards, Iversen’s awards include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, the Reading the West Award in Nonfiction, The Alumni Award for Creative and Academic Achievement at the University of Memphis, the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Prize, the ANA Award for Journalistic Excellence, and fellowships from the San Jose Arts Council, Colorado Art Ranch, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2013 she was selected as a Barnes & Noble “Great New Writer” and was the top finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.
Iversen worked as a magazine editor, a book editor, and an international travel writer before earning a PhD in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Denver. She has taught at universities around the country and abroad and is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she also serves as Literary Nonfiction Editor of The Cincinnati Review. In 2021 Iversen was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Bergen, Norway.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Kristen grew up in Colorado and currently divides her time between Cincinnati and the small mountain town of Westcliffe, Colorado. She is an avid environmentalist, hiker, skier, and animal lover.
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