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>> Kirsten Wasson

Kirsten Wasson

Los Angeles, California

Writing of Witness 
with Elizabeth Rosner

I lived in Ithaca, New York, teaching literature at Ithaca College until I decided it was high time for adventure, and moved on to Southern California where I had two friends, no job, and a rich fantasy life. I began performing as a storyteller at venues around L.A., finding adventure, and becoming a college counselor at a private high school for children of the rich and bizarre. I’ve published a book of poems Almost Everything Takes Forever (Antrim House Press,) and dozens of creative non-fiction essays, one of which won “notable” in Best American Essays, 2019. A year ago, the L.A. Times published my essay on dating in Los Angeles. Currently I’m finishing a memoir about the struggles and pleasures of her life-changing move. I wrote “Valley of The Anthropocene: Canoga Park Animal Life,” essays on Substack  about home/not-home, mothering/not-mothering, and a local python named Big Mamma. This is my second time attending Under The Volcano, and I’m thrilled to be returning! 

Kirsten Wasson - Under The Volcano