Biography

Krista Lukas is the author of a poetry collection, Fans of My Unconscious, a finalist for the 2009 May Swenson Award and the 2011 Pearl Poetry Prize. In her review in Rattle, Juneko J. Robinson writes, “Lukas’s poems, clear-eyed, brutally honest, and heartbreaking as they are, are equally eloquent and playful.” Billy Collins selected one her poems for The Best American Poetry 2006, and Garrison Keillor selected four poems for The Writer's Almanac. A writer of prose as well, she received a 2007 Nevada Arts Council Literary Fellowship for fiction and has published essays and short stories in literary magazines including Carbon Culture Review and The Sun. Currently, she is seeking a literary agent for her memoir, Grifter Mom.


Lukas was born and grew up in the Lake Tahoe area. She earned a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and she completed her Teacher Education Program at Sierra Nevada College. After fourteen years teaching school in Northern Nevada, she resigned in order to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, where she was a Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow and a Gluck Fellow. She has read her poetry and led workshops in the western United States and in Europe. She lives in the Carson Valley, Nevada.

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