Before moving to Los Angeles over a decade ago to work with Teach for America, writer, poet and director Kirsten Ogden spent her early childhood running the gravel roads in Baywood Louisiana before moving to Hawai'i at age 5, and then San Francisco in her teens.
She holds the Phd from Louisiana State University and an MFA from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her BA from San Francisco State University is in Therapy Through Creative Self Expression. She's studied acting and improvisation with the American Conservatory Theater Academy and the Actor's Boot Camp, and screenwriting with Writer's Boot Camp in Santa Monica. She teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College, and in the summers teaches in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshops.
Kirsten's poems, essays, and stories have been published in KRO, anderbo, Louisiana Literature, Windhover, and brevity.
She lives in Studio City with her niece, and comic book artist Mathew Digges and is most happy in a Bikram Yoga studio, gluing and cutting papers for book arts, or walking the shoreline at Santa Monica.