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Kristen J. Tsetsi's Biography

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Hartford, CT
Mar 2009

I was born in California, but lived in Germany (near Heidelberg) for 13 years (from 7 – 19yo), and therefore consider it my “home.”

At 19 I returned to the States, and at 21 (finally) started taking classes at a community college, where I received 5 credits for bowling. Those credits amazingly transferred to a four-year university.

After getting my BA in English, I had no idea what to do with it, so grad school it was. After receiving an MFA, I started sending out, and publishing, some of my shorter stories, one of which was Storyglossia Fiction Prize winner “They Three at Once Were One,” and several of which are found in my short fiction collection Carol’s Aquarium (ebook).

I did some teaching (expressive writing, play writing, and screen writing at Trollwood Performing Arts School in Fargo, ND; adjunct English professor at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee) and had a number of other jobs, including, but not limited to, freelance writer, job coach, hotel front desk clerk, janitor, and cab driver.

Eventually, the MFA and all the writing I’d been doing helped land me a job as a town reporter for the Journal Inquirer newspaper in Connecticut, where I stayed for a year before Ian (my husband) and I moved to TN. A year later, we were back in CT, and recently, I was hired back onto the JI staff as a features writer for the Living section, the job I’d been somewhat vocal about wanting when I was a town reporter.

While living in TN, I was privileged to edit Volume 11 of American Fiction. (Volume 12, which I co-edited, is available for pre-order and will release in Fall 2012.)

I’m currently 1/2 paragraph into my third novel. The second novel, as some will say they often are, was a throwaway. The first, Pretty Much True…, releases Sept. 4, 2012.

For fun, when not hanging out with Ian, I write and film scenes for “Inside the Writers’ Studio” (which Ian also sometimes participates in), a comic-relief YouTube series for writers co-created & co-written (and brilliantly edited) by author R.J. Keller.


Kate Chopin, Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, J.D. Salinger, George Orwell, Norman Mailer, John Steinbeck, John Irving, Tim O'Brien, Joyce Carol Oates

Upcoming Works

Pretty Much True..., novel, releasing Sept. 4, 2012; American Fiction Volume XII (editor), Judge: Josip Novakovich, releasing 2012



Recommended Links


Missouri Breaks Press

Interests & Hobbies

Writing, revising, editing, amatuer web design (with the help of templates that allow me to simply pick and choose colors and fonts), and movies.