Kristen Martin

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Kristen Martin is currently working on book of essays meditating on our culture's relationship with grief, life, and death. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Literary Hub, The Cut, Hazlitt, BOMB, Real Life,  and elsewhere. She received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. Currently, she consults with writers at the Columbia University Writing Center and teaches writing at NYU.


Cover Photo: A tree blooming with flowers on a suburban street in Brooklyn, New York
Amid a Pandemic, Finding Rootedness in An Urban Forest

When I walk the dog or run errands, I pay attention to the trees around me. It roots me in the now.

Apr 15, 2020
Cover Photo: Photograph via Warner Bros.
The Threat Within: Harry Potter and the Cultural Baggage of Orphan Stories

“Unlike most popular orphan characters, I wasn’t too young to remember my parents.”

Jun 26, 2017
Cover Photo: from HBO's series Six Feet Under.
Don’t Cover Your Eyes

“Six Feet Under made me remember when my grief was raw.”

Sep 14, 2016