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Kristin Barendsen is an award-winning writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Co-author of Photography: New Mexico, she has published more than 100 stories in international magazines and newspapers. She has also copyedited or proofread more than 150 nonfiction books.

She is a former contributing editor and current writer for Yoga International and Yoga Journal magazines. Her prose has appeared in The Sun, Fourth Genre, Atticus Review, Gravel, Nailed, and many other venues, and her poetry has appeared in Sequoia and American Poet. Awards include the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Michael Jasper Gioia Poetry Prize, two Southwest Writers awards, and a Solas Award for travel writing. Photography: New Mexico was a finalist for a New Mexico Book Award.
Kristin studied creative writing and studio art at Stanford University, graduating with distinction. She has lived in Thailand and the Czech Republic and has traveled to 35 countries on five continents. A lover of photography, she often publishes photographs with her stories. Although she has practiced yoga and Buddhist meditation since 1994, she is still right on the edge of enlightenment.
She lives with Squeakers and Domino, her exceptionally cute cats. She is currently shopping around a memoir about a solo bicycle trip through Europe, titled Mind the Gap.

Portrait on Prague's Charles Bridge by Petra Ružizková for Yoga Journal, for my article "Too Loud a Solitude," August 2005.

Kristin Barendsen  ●  Santa Fe, New Mexico  ●  cell: 505.946.7707  ●  kbarendsen (at) gmail.com