Kristen Koester-Smith is an American born writer and wanderer. She started writing her first novel at age 11. Since then, her short stories and non-fiction have been featured in The Sandhill Review, Typehouse, Wherever Mag, and Afterglobe. She has read at Singapore Writer’s Week and is a multiple time performer with Hague Center for Acting and Creativity’s Metaphors Be With You. In 2012, Kristen graduated from University of Idaho with B.A.’s in journalism and creative writing. During her time at U of I, she wrote for the school newspaper, The Argonaut, and was a public relations intern for Vandal Athletics where she wrote athlete profiles for the school website and game day programs.

She’s currently working on Two, a novel about her grandmother, who bore a son to a married man that died on her bathroom floor when her baby was only two weeks old. She’s also curating a series of interviews for faces of (the human) race, a year-long project exploring the effects of racism across the globe.

Kristen lives in Singapore where she enjoys hanging out with her multinational friends, worshipping palm trees, and curry of any kind. She’s a teacher of English and yoga, an avid traveler and a sunset collector.