Kristen Martin is at work on a collection of essays that explores and meditates on grief, death, and life. Her personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, The Cut, The Baffler, NPR Books, Hazlitt, Catapult, Real Life, BOMB Magazine, The Hairpin, Guernica, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2016, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Università degli Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, where she was a Fulbright-Casten Family Scholar. She consults with writers at the Columbia University Writing Center and teaches writing at NYU; she has also taught at Baruch College and the University of Pennsylvania. Kristen lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their two fat tabby cats, Suzy Creamcheese and Kiwi, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Penny Loafer.