• Kristen Iversen

    Faculty Mentor, Nonfiction and Fiction

    Mile-High MFA,

Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., University of Denver

Kristen Iversen is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award. Full Body Burden was selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, the American Library Association, and Mother Jones magazine, as well as the 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic. Selected by more than a dozen universities across the country for their First Year Experience/Common Read programs, Full Body Burden was also a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Recently Full Body Burden was published in China and is forthcoming in Japan. 

Iversen is also the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, and a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, Fourth Genre, and many other publications. She has appeared on C-Span, NPR’s Fresh Air, and BBC World Outlook, and worked extensively with A&E Biography, The History Channel, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014, Kristen was the recipient of the award for Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts from the University of Memphis. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver, and currently heads the Ph.D. program in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Cincinnati. She has lectured widely across the U.S. and abroad.  Iversen was recently interviewed by PBS for the show "Colorado's Cold War," about the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility just outside Denver.