About

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Kristen Tsetsi has been an adjunct English professor, an instructor of expository- , play-, and screenwriting, a town news reporter/feature writer/columnist for a daily newspaper, a Women’s eNews correspondent, and editor of the literary journal American Fiction (New Rivers Press). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Her first novel, Pretty Much True (originally Homefront), was, as an independently released title, featured on NPR, in the Huffington Post, the Stars and Stripes, and in several local newspapers, as well as on television. In 2012, Saint Joseph’s University professor Dr. Owen W. Gilman, Jr. included it in his “American War Literature and Film: Vietnam to Now” course curriculum. Missouri Breaks Press acquired and published Pretty Much True in 2014, and when the press closed, the rights reverted to the author.

Pretty Much True is now one of a wide range of works–to include creative nonfiction and journalism, film, poetry, and fiction–studied in Gilman’s The Hell of War Comes Home: Imaginative Texts from the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kristen’s second indie novel, The Year of Dan Palace (published under the pseudonym Chris Jane), has been called “stunningly good” by Indie Bookworm and “impossible to put down” by Pop Culture Zoo. One Amazon reviewer expressed impressive hatred of it.

The Age of the Child is her latest (also independently released) novel. Called “an intriguing look at a future that feels frighteningly possible” (Journal Inquirer) and “an exciting drama that illuminates the hypocrisies of our time without flinching” (Alan Davis, author of So Bravely Vegetative), The Age of the Child was the focus of an episode of WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show” and, according to reviewer J. S. Crail, promises to “rile up your book clubs.” (“Perfect for book clubs,” agrees Casualties author Elizabeth Marro.)

Kristen was a recipient of the Robert L. Carothers Distinguished Writers Award, and her short fiction has won the Storyglossia Fiction Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have been published in print and online journals that include Red Weather Magazine, Regarding Arts and Letters, Storyglossia, Denver Syntax, Edifice Wrecked, Tryst, and Pindeldyboz. Those stories, along with some that were previously unpublished, are compiled in the collection Carol’s Aquarium.

Kristen contributes regularly to the writers’ and publishers’ resource website JaneFriedman.com, primarily with 5 On, a series of interviews with writers and others in the publishing industry that does its best to provide a clear-lens picture of the writing life. She is happy to be available for in-person or Skype/Facetime book club or classroom discussions.

More information (features, interviews, appearances) here.

Kristen on Medium.

“Why Chris Jane?” answered at Read Her Like an Open Book.