Kristin Czarnecki is the author of The First Kristin: The Story of a Naming (Main Street Rag, 2020), a memoir about the experience of being named after a deceased sibling.
Her creative nonfiction, poetry, and blog posts have appeared in The Porch Magazine, The Smart Set, Peatsmoke: A Literary Journal, Clementine Unbound, Virginia Woolf Miscellany, International Virginia Woolf Society Blog, WordMothers, and Replacement Child Forum. She has also published literary criticism in Woolf Studies Annual, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Journal of Modern Literature, the CEA Critic, College Literature, and Journal of Beckett Studies as well as in edited volumes.
She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and was an English professor for many years. From 2015-2020, she served as president of the International Virginia Woolf Society.
~ A bit more about me ~
I’ve been an avid reader and writer my entire life. As an English professor, I enjoyed writing essays on my favorite authors, including Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Louise Erdrich, and Barbara Pym. I also wrote comparative essays on Woolf and Native women writers that have been lauded for opening up an important new field of Woolf studies.
In recent years, I’ve turned toward hybrid writing that combines memoir/personal experience with literary criticism and research. Of those working in this genre, I love Katharine Smyth, Helen Macdonald, and Rachel Cohen.
I’m also enthralled by graphic narratives, particularly memoir and biography, and any work that combines word and image in creative, evocative ways. I count Kelcey Ervick, Maira Kalman, Nora Krug, Tom Hart, Alison Bechdel, Isabel Greenberg, Glynnis Fawkes, and Roz Chast among my favorite writers/artists in the genre.
In July 2021, I taught Introduction to Memoir for WRITESHARE. This workshop met once a week on Zoom to explore how thoughts, memories, impressions, and experiences may be woven together to create a compelling memoir. We focused on craft, purpose, and the development of ideas along with instructor feedback, peer critique, and short readings from published memoirs.