Kristen Lindquist attended Middlebury College in Vermont and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. She worked many summers at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in such venues as Down East, Maine Times, Bangor Metro, Northern Sky News, and Bangor Daily News, as well as various literary journals and anthologies. Her publications include the chapbook Invocation to the Birds (Oyster River Press, 2001), Transportation (Megunticook Press, 2011), which was a finalist for a Maine Literary Award, and Tourists in the Known World: New & Selected Poems (Megunticook Press, 2017).
She participated in the Belfast Poetry Festival in 2010, paired with artist Beth Henderson, and in 2014, when she won the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest (chosen by Gary Lawless). Her work has received other awards, as well, including the Bread Loaf Poetry Prize (chosen by Robert Pack and Carol Oles) and runner-up for Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance's Penobscot Watershed Poetry Prize (chosen by Baron Wormser). Garrison Keillor has read three of her poems on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. She has written a natural history column for the local paper for many years (currently for Pen Bay Pilot; read a recent column here; find links to others at its end) and since 2009 has maintained a daily haiku blog, Book of Days.
An avid birder since childhood, Kristen served as the first female member of the Maine Bird Records Committee. She has guided around Maine for such organizations as Maine Audubon, Friends of Baxter State Park, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, and the Acadia Birding Festival. She currently serves on the Town of Camden's Budget Committee, on the board of Merryspring Nature Center, as chair of the Maine Community Foundation's Knox County Fund, and as the treasurer of West Bay Rotary.
She lives in her hometown of Camden, Maine, with her husband, novelist Paul Doiron, and this (indoor) cat: