Kristen is a published journalist whose byline you might have seen in a national trade magazine, your local alternative weekly, or at travel and arts commentaries online.
Kristen became a professional freelancer in 2004 when the alternative periodical Seven Days sought her out as a theatre critic, thanks to her unique educational and experiential background. She was soon approached by the trade magazine Stage Directions as well. In 2007, Kristen entered into travel writing with a series of reviews of Irish accommodations written during her on-foot trek along the west coast of Counties Clare and Kerry. She has recently revisited her roots by becoming a contributor to the arts and culture commentary site Broad Street Review.
Arts & Culture
With a self-designed major in Character Studies - the study of character development in different forms of storytelling, with a background in psychology - from Cornell University, Kristen has a unique view of the literary, online, and performing arts. Having worked professionally backstage, performed in a variety of venues, and, of course, served as a theatre critic, she is adept at bringing the audience into the world of the art.
Kristen dove into international travel following graduation, with a six-month working holiday in Galway, Ireland. She was soon back for more, with a trek up Ireland's west coast, as well as trips to Piedmont, Camargue, and - most recently - Durban, South Africa. In between transatlantic flights, Kristen has explored (and sometimes lived in) Colorado, northern California, Minneapolis, and Mount Dessert Island, Maine. Kristen specializes in "traveling like a local."