Kirsten Schowalter, author of In My Own Skin

Kirsten Schowalter was born in Minnesota, but calls many locations -- from Seattle, Washington to Marshfield, Wisconsin -- her home. Upon her high school graduation, she attended her father’s Alma Mater: St. Olaf College. Subsequent to her college years, she moved to Yakima, Washington for the company of family and mountains. She now attends the University of California Berkeley pursuing a graduate degree, and is a member of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. She dances, writes, hikes, and visits her family in Tacoma, Washington as much as possible.

A world blown apart

That day, she was 14; Kirsten, her father, mother and three younger sisters were in the car.  They were driving home from what seemed like an ordinary family vacation when there was a crash.

Ten years later, unexpected changes in location cause the small circle that is her family to tighten as Kirsten grows into here own sense of self.

"Beavers use their teeth to cut down trees." Dad talking to daughter. From this husbandfather-scientist-physician, we experience the relationship, and learn what life is as he talks to her in high-level talk. "Life is just carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen..." The father gone like this, as fast as the crash. Intimacy and objectivity. This is his daughter. Like Rilke, she loves and mourns simultaneously. Kirsten Schowalter, like her younger sisters, entered the car as a teenager, along with her mother -- after the crash, she comes out immersed and detached. A writer. Older with the story, echoing Rilke still, delivering her all with younger descending joy.” -Jim Bodeen, founding publisher Blue Begonia Press


Please join us in welcoming Kirsten for a reading and signing!


Event date: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
5629 Summitview Ave
Yakima, WA 98908