Krista Lukas writes both prose and poetry. Her stories, essays, and interviews have been published in Jewish Women's Literary Annual, The Sun, and Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the author of a poetry collection, Fans of My Unconscious, poems from which have been selected for The Best American Poetry 2006 and The Writer's Almanac.
Born and raised in the North Lake Tahoe area, Krista Lukas earned her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California, San Diego (1992) and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside (2015). Having completed the coursework for her teaching licenses at Sierra Nevada University, she taught school in Douglas County, Nevada for over a decade. For most of those years as a gifted and talented specialist, teaching in "classrooms" of all kinds, down to a storage closet off the multipurpose room where her students sat on the floor, unable to tune out blasting music or to dodge basketballs that flew in from PE classes. This gave her practice working with audiences - both distracted and attentive - at cafés, colleges, conferences, assisted living facilities, and detention centers in the United States and Europe.
She lives with her husband, Anthropologist Scott A. Lukas, in Carson Valley, Nevada. For fun, she hikes, skis, and swims in cold lakes.