Kristen Iversen grew up in Arvada, Colorado with three siblings and an ever-changing cast of dogs, cats, and horses. Before returning to school for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, Kristen worked as a waitress, stable-hand, food truck driver, nuclear weapons plant employee, and travel writer in Europe. She writes nonfiction and fiction and has lectured widely across the U.S. and Europe. Currently Kristen lives in Cincinnati, where she heads the PhD program in Literary Nonfiction at the University of Cincinnati. She has two sons who share her love of travel and the outdoors, and a small dog who fits in a book bag.
Iversen is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award, and chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, the American Library Association, and Mother Jones Magazine, and 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic. Selected by universities across the country for their First Year Experience/Common Read programs, Full Body Burden was also a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Recently Full Body Burden was published in China and Japan. Iversen is also the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, and a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The American Scholar, Reader’s Digest, Fourth Genre, and many other publications. She has appeared on C-Span, NPR’s Fresh Air, and BBC World Outlook, and worked extensively with A&E Biography, The History Channel, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2014 was the recipient of the award for Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts from the University of Memphis. She is currently a Taft Center Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.
Find out more about Iversen’s achievements on her website.