Named a staff pick by The Paris Review, Subduction is Kristen Millares Young’s debut novel. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington, and a B.A. from Harvard. She has also been a multimedia reporting fellow at Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley.
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Kristen, on her website, writes:
“To learn more about the years and thinking behind Subduction, read my conversation with Elissa Washuta in The Rumpus, listen to this Otherppl podcast hosted by Brad Listi, read my Literary Hub essay about decolonizing research, or check out this interview by Robert Lopez in The Believer.
You can also read this excerpt of Subduction, a lyric retelling of the troubled history of encounter in the Americas.
Along the way, I’ve found revelation in writing essays and real satisfaction in reporting and teaching. It’s a joy to share what I know. If you’re noticing how many gigs I have, welcome to the freelancer’s life. I am lucky to be Prose Writer-in-Residence at the new Hugo House, where I teach, write, perform and mentor other writers.
I freelance from the Pacific Northwest for the Washington Post, the Guardian and the New York Times. Of late, I have written Book World reviews and investigated Amazon’s plastic packaging and the cannabis industry for the Washington Post and revealed our children’s precarious futures in the fourth industrial revolution in this Guardian essay about automation, education and social justice.
As researcher, I was the only non-staffer on the New York Times team that produced Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. With support from the multimedia crew at the New York Times and editor Jason Stallman, author John Branch crafted a complex narrative for a digital age.
I learned reporting on the job at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where I joined the business desk as a retail reporter covering corporate behemoths in 2004, later moving to metro to expose government shenanigans on the waterfront. I wrote 700 stories during my five years on staff, but as a beat reporter, I was lucky to work with editors Chris Grygiel, Don Smith and David McCumber, who supported my penchant for investigations.”