Hello! I'm Kirsten!
KIRSTEN OGDEN (K.E.OGDEN) swam with sharks in the Galapagos, lived in a sugar cane shack in Maui while selling pearls on the beach, and danced at a bonfire in Fairbanks, AK watching Hale-Bopp streak across the sky. Her identity and culture have been informed by growing up working class in Honolulu, Hawai'i, attending high school in Northern California during the AIDS crisis, and spending almost every summer of her life in rural, southeastern Louisiana. She is a former Peter Taylor Poetry Fellow for the Kenyon Review, a two-time judge for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Prize, and is a Poet-Laureate of Gambier, Ohio. A multi genre writer, director and artist, Kirsten's poems, essays, and prose have been published in a variety of venues, including KRO: Kenyon Review Online, Louisiana Literature, anderbo, brevity, Phoebe, MilkJournal, Slipstream, Claudius Speaks, Arsenic Lobster, Fourth River: Tributaries, and she was a featured poet for the Poets for Living Waters project after the Gulf Oil Spill. Her digital quilt piece "Caged" was featured with other artists in response to the election of Donald Trump at the Unstitched States project, curated by author Gretchen Henderson. Kirsten mentors young writers each summer as a faculty member in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop and is Associate Professor and Creative Writing Committee chair in the English Division at Pasadena City College. She lives in Los Angeles with her niece, her two cats, and her secret husband, comic book artist M.Digges.