Kristen Martin recently received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is at work on a collection of essays that explores and meditates on grief—her personal and lasting grief over the deaths of her parents; cultural representations of grief on television, in music, and in literature; and our society’s ever-morphing relationship with grief and mourning. Her personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, Catapult Magazine, Real Life, The Hairpin, Guernica, The Toast, Google Play Editorial, Public Books, Saveur, The Grief Diaries, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. She is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Università degli Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, where she was a Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar. She teaches first-year writing at Columbia University and Baruch College, and lives in Brooklyn with two fat tabby cats, Suzy Creamcheese and Kiwi, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Penny Loafer.