Kristen Dunn was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is earning her MFA in writing at University of San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago in English, creative writing, and philosophy. She studied English poetry at University College London during their 2022 summer session. She is the author of the full-length poetry collections, Leaves to Stay (Cyberwit.net, 2020) and Sun in My Eyes (Cyberwit.net, 2023). Her poetry has appeared in Dream Noir, For Women Who Roar, and Voices. Her poem, “Not of Muscle” was selected as the first-place winner of the President’s Award for Poetry by Midwestern State University Press. She is a spoken word artist and performs spoken word at many venues.