Kristin Naca was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. She earned her Ph.D. at University of Nebraska, M.F.A at University of Pittsburgh, and M.A. in English Linguistics at University of Cincinnati. Her first collection of poems, BIRD EATING BIRD, was named finalist for the Audre Lorde Prize and Lambda Literary Award. Winner of the National Poetry Series mtvU Prize, chosen by Yusef Komnyakaa, the collection appears with Harper Perennial (2009). Naca has received fellowships from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, Minnesota Arts Board, Breadloaf Writers Conference, and the Lannan Foundation. She is a long-time member and instructor at the Macondo Writers’ Workshop in San Antonio, Texas. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review and Octopus. Naca has been teaching at Macalester since 2008.
Contributions to Books
Four poems reprinted, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and Search for Social Justice (2011)
Aubade, Speaking desde la heridas: Testimonios transfronterizos / Speaking from the Wound: Transborder Testimonies (2009)
Tres Mujeres, Bloom Magazine (2010)