Kristen Iversen

Kristen Iversen , PhD

Professor

Professor

Professional Summary

Kristen Iversen holds a Ph.D in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She teaches literary nonfiction and fiction, and also serves as literary nonfiction editor of The Cincinnati Review and faculty editor of Short Vine. Her work includes the books Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (2012, paperback/audio 2013; selected by universities around the country for their First Year Experience/Common Read programs); Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth (1999, third edition 2018)Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (2004); and two edited anthologies, Doom with a View (2020) and Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen (2020). Essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The American Scholar, Fourth Genre, Beloit Fiction Journal, and others. Several documentaries have been based on her work. In 2020-2021, she will be a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bergen. Forthcoming books: Friend and Faithful Stranger: The Untold Story of Nikola Tesla and Wide and Generous World: New and Published Essays. See www.kristeniversen.com
 

Education

PhD: University of Denver 1996 (English/Creative Writing)

MA: University of Denver 1991 (English/Creative Writing)

BA: University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, 1981 (English/Creative Writing)

Mittelstufe Certificate: Goethe Universitat Frankfurt, Germany, 1989 (German language and literature)

Research and Practice Interests

Literary Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Fiction

Positions and Work Experience

2014 -To Present Professor, University of Cincinnati,

2003 -2014 Professor, University of Memphis,

2000 -2003 Assistant Professor, San Jose State University,

1999 -2000 Visiting Professor, Metropolitan State College of Denver,

1997 -1999 Book Editor, Westcliffe Publishers, Denver, Colorado

1984 -1988 Travel Writer based in Europe,

1982 -1984 Magazine Editor, MGM Publishing, San Jose, California

1996 -1998 Adjunct Professor, MFA Program, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

Publications

Published Books

(2012. ) Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats .New York; UK; China; Japan (hardback, paperback, audio) , Crown/Random House (Author)

(1999. ) Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth .Big Earth Books (Author)

(2004. ) Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction .Pearson/Prentice Hall (Author)

(2020. ) Doom with a View: Historical and Cultural Contexts of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant .Fulcrum Books (Editor)

(2020. ) Don't Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen .Mad Creek Books (OSU Press) (Co-Editor)

(2020. ) Friend and Faithful Stranger: The Untold Story of Nikola Tesla . (Author)

(2020. ) Wide and Generous World: New and Published Essays . (Author)

Additional Publications

Honors and Awards

2014 The Alumni Award for Creative and Academic Achievement, The University of Memphis

2012 Colorado Book Award for Nonfiction, Reading the West Award for Nonfiction, Barnes and Noble "Great New Writer" Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

2013 Award for Journalistic Excellence The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Wash. D.C.

2011 Louise Eisenhardt Award for Creative and Academic Achievement

2004 Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Literature Prize

2000 Colorado Book Award for Biography, Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth

2020 -2021 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway

Keywords

Nonfiction, Fiction

Courses Taught

Graduate and undergraduate courses in Literary Nonfiction, Creative Writing and Research, Creative Writing and the Environment, Creative Writing and Literary Publishing, The Essay, Fiction, Writing the Mystery

Contact Information

iversekn@ucmail.uc.edu