Kristin Berger was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in the surrounding suburbs and in the lakes and woods of Northern Michigan. She received a BA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994.
Kristin is the author of the poetry collections, Earthwork (The Poetry Box, 2022), Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, a collaborative project with Eugene, Oregon printmaker, Diane Sandall (Nightjar Press, 2022), Refugia (Persian Pony Press, 2019), Echolocation (Cirque Press, 2018), How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008). From 2009-2011, she was a member of the VoiceCatcher Editorial Collective, a nonprofit community that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area, and co-edited VoiceCatcher 6 (2011) with Toni Partington. From 2011-2018, she co-hosted The Lents Farmers Market Poetry Series, bringing over 50 local and regional poets to the Lents neighborhood.
Recipient of residencies from Playa, OSU’s Spring Creek Project (Shotpouch and H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest), and Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, Kristin’s work is influenced by Oregon’s High Desert, Cascades, Coastal Range and all the Pacific Northwest’s wild and interconnected landscapes. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.