A professor of English and pedagogy, Kirstin Ruth Bratt descends from immigrants and maintains an interest in the literature and linguistics of migrant history. She loves her sweet and thoughtful children, traveling abroad, passionate readers and writers, the theater of complex and interesting playwrights, the music of good listeners. She is especially grateful to her children, Sha-Narah and Gabriel, for their many thoughtful ways. Kirstin’s fiction, poetry, and non-fiction has been published in Barrelhouse Magazine; Turn up the Volume (Poets for First Amendment in Wisconsin); Talking Stick Journal; Lake Region Writers Review Journal; Hitherto Journal; Penumbra; Prairie Wolf Anthology; Stony Thursday Book; Tribe; Labletter; Retort; Broadkill Review; Cold Noon; The Muse; Pomona Valley Review; Five Poetry Journal; OneTitle Magazine; Eunoia Review; Poetry for the Masses; Radius; Kite; Redactions; Extract(s); Piker Press; Thumbnail; Adroit Journal; Thick Jam; Two-Thirds North Anthology; Ginger Piglet Press; Marco Polo; Kudzu Review; Montreal Review. In 2013, she won the Brainerd Writers Alliance fiction contest and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her novel, Ashwak, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag.
- Muslim Writing Awards finalist (UK)
- Man Booker Prize nominee, 2017
- Pen-Faulkner nominee, 2017
- Minnesota Book Awards nominee, 2017
- Republic of Consciousness nominee, 2017
Miller Scholar, St. Cloud State University, 2016.
McKnight Foundation: Emerging Artist of Central Minnesota Arts Board, 2016.
First place for "Loving Sanya," Brainerd Writers Alliance for Fiction.
Pushcart Nominee, 2012, for "Damned Selfish Bastion" by Broadkill Review.
Pushcart Nominee, 2014, for "An Earnest Proposal" by Broad! Magazine.