Alumni, MFA in Creative Writing Program

Personal Statement

Kristen Ringman is a 2008 graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing (MFAW) program. She is a deaf writer and poet currently working on an urban fantasy novel about a shapeshifting wolf girl who is destined to keep the balance between stories and reality.  Her first novel, Makara, was published by Handtype Press in November of 2012.

Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals.  She has a passion for teaching experimental poetry classes that incorporate the natural world around us, other forms of art, and yoga. In 2011, she was awarded the Kenny Fries Fellowship to AROHO (A Room of Her Own) Women’s Writing Retreat at Ghost Ranch, NM.

Kristen is also a Visual Artist, Reiki Practitioner, and Kid’s Yoga Teacher (certified by ChildLight Yoga in Dover, NH).  When she is not writing or teaching creative writing, she enjoys sailing, painting murals, barefoot long distance running, photography, meditation, Homeschooling, vegetarian cooking, caring for stray dogs, hiking, caving, and experiencing other cultures first hand.

Kristen has lived in India, Kenya, and Ireland, and has traveled through other countries of Central America, Europe, and Africa.  She spent 2009-11 living on a cruising 36′ monohull sailboat named Serenity, and then a 38′ trimaran called No Smoking.  She sailed her trimaran between Block Island, RI and Key West, FL.  She currently lives in the seacoast area of New Hampshire and dreams of owning a Wharram catamaran and sailing it around the world with her family and current Hearing dog in training, Yemaya.