Bay Area Lit Scene:

Get Lit, Full of Crow, Liminal, Dirty Old Women, Pandemonium Press, Literary Foolery Cabaret, Bay Area Generations, Mills College, LitCrawl, BeastCrawl, AltBeast

Bookstores: Laurel Bookstore, A Great Good Place for Books, St. John’s College Bookstore, Alley Cat Books, Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative, Octopus Literary Salon & more…

Check my Events calendar for upcoming readings & other events.

Past appearances include:

  • CWC Annual Book Launch – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • LitCrawl 2019: Paired Readings with ALAS at Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative. Paired with Aqueila Lewis, October 2019.
  • Indie Author Day at Dublin Library, October 2019
  • The Dirndl Diaspora” cold table read at Oaktoberfest, October 2019
  • 4th edition of The Souls of Her Feet celebrated at the CWC Member Book Launch, Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland June, 2019
  • Read Invocation poem at Bay Area Generations, San Francisco, May, 2019
  • Pandemonium Press, March 2019
  • Seven Kisses, Featured reader at Dirty Old Women, with and Selene Steese, October 2018
  • Spanish Poetry at Babar in Exile #16: Babar de los Muertos with Poetrope, November 2018
  • Organized a Peace Day reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Frank Ogawa Plaza. Peace Day (September 21), 2018
  • Destination: Disney – featured storyteller at Storyslam Oakland, ROAD TRIP edition, August 2017
  • Ten Days, Ten Pounds at Colonica Il Palmerino in Florence, Italy, July, 2018
  • Fiction Author Panel at Barnes & Noble, Emeryville, June 2017
  • Read Ted’s Tender Trophy at Full of Crow: The Spring Murder, April 2017
  • The Vesuvian Affair at Dirty Old Women, Featured reader with Beth Elliot, July 2017
  • “I am Woman, Hear Me [redacted]” essay + Zumba demo, Octopus Literary Salon January 21, 2017
  • Not Just a Fairytale; Maybe a Dream Come True graphic narrative from The Reason She Left at Laurel Bookstore for BeastCrawl, July 2016
  • Ode to the Pencil, Hub Roma, Rome, February 2015
  • The Bullying Antidote, Hub Oakland Community Lunch, September 2014

Hosted Readings:

Gosh there’s a lot of these….

Dramatic Readings

  • Cold Read of The Dirndl Diaspora at Oakland’s Oaktoberfest, Bavarian Stage, October 2019
  • “Couch Reading” of The Souls of Her Feet (musical) on a rainy Sunday in a gorgeous Oakland living room. March, 2009. Read about it here.
  • Staged reading of The Souls of Her Feet (musical) at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC, August 2008. Read about it here.


Local Venues & Events where Kristen has read her stories and poems include: The California Writers Club, Heart of the Muse, Get Lit! at Ale Industries, Laurel Bookstores, BeastCrawl, Dirty Old Women, Full of Crow, Pandemonium Press, Woodminister Amphitheater, A Great Good Place for Books, SoleSpace, Simply Green Day Spa, The Impact Hub, Octopus Literary Salon, and private homes. Oftentimes, Kristen’s readings become great conversations.
Keynote events: see presentations
Kristen reads to classrooms annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and is available for class readings (grades k-3) of her family’s book, Little Pig’s Busy Day, and the forthcoming I Was a Preschool Monster.
A staged reading of her musical, The Souls of Her Feet, was performed in New York City at Playwright’s Horizons.

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