After a few minutes speaking with Kristen Caven, (also known as Kristen Baumgardner Caven and KRS-10), many people say “Oh, you’re a Renaissance woman.”
Which often brings up the last cartoon she drew. Renaissance Woman is a tongue-in-cheek superhero who appears in Caven’s first book, Perfectly Revolting. In this memoir, she discovered her nature as a “Liberal Artist” in every sense: Liberal as in free-thinking, as in bountiful, and as in having to do with books.
Kristen Caven’s images of a juggling cartoonist, a quick-draw cowgirl, and a caped hero all reflect what she likes to bring to the world. She works in every available medium to get the stories she sees inside OUT where she can share them—little moments and big ideas alike. Working as a graphic-, web-, book-designer, editor and coach, producing videos, books, cds and events through Cowgirl Creative, she helped a multitude of writers, artists, and organizations alike find their voices and messages. Stealing minutes from her job and her family, she developed her own voice as an artist and author.
Kristen Caven was a cartoonist in college, began dancing in her twenties, wrote screenplays and musicals in her thirties, and novels in her forties. Approaching the world creatively, she blogs profusely and writes articles about parenting, psychology, health, humor, philosophy and creativity. Her lyrics, poetry, short stories and songs often feature quirky, interesting characters in universal situations. Kristen’s offerings, from graphic novels to greeting cards to books on heavy topics, all aim to illuminate, enlighten, inspire, and amuse.
Kristen has authored numerous books on diverse range of subject matter. Her latest are The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids For Life, which she co-authored with her mother and writing partner, Dr. Louise Hart, and The Souls of Her Feet, which is based on her musical of the same name.
Speaker & Teacher
Conversation builds community. The best part of speaking, for Kristen, who speaks on a diversity of topics, is when she opens up the floor to the audience and gets to hear how members respond to whatever subject she is teaching. (The best part of teaching dance is getting a hundred people to shake their butts.)
Kristen is the founder of both Uplift Press and Little Pig Productions. Uplift Press has “rescued” several crucial books from obscurity and brought forth others into higher platforms. Little Pig Productions, began as a joke with her creative husband based on his famous cartoon pig, evolved into a personal blog about their family life, and is now an outlet for art stuff.
Kristen is serving or has served on the boards of Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School, Friends of Sequoia School, Bret Harte PTSA, Oakland Tech PTSA, California Writers Club, The Heart of the Muse, Child-Friendly Initiative, and Oakland Parents Together. She just plain likes to Make Shit Happen.