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), the Red Fox Poetry Prize (chosen by Henry Braun), and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance's Penobscot Watershed Poetry Prize (2nd prize, chosen by Baron Wormser). Garrison Keillor read three of her poems on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac.
She has written a natural history column for the local papers for many years (currently for Pen Bay Pilot; read a recent column and find links to others here) and since 2009 has maintained a daily haiku blog, Book of Days. In addition to writing, she also teaches on occasion, most recently for the local adult ed program (Maine natural history; Maine poetry) and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (day-long haiku workshop; see Events page for this year's info).
An avid birder since childhood, Kristen served as the first female member of the Maine Bird Records Committee. She has led bird-watching outings around Maine for such organizations as Maine Audubon, Friends of Baxter State Park, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Merryspring Nature Center, and the Acadia Birding Festival. She wrote the Knox County (and part of Waldo County) entries for the recent book Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide.
She currently serves on the Town of Camden's Budget Committee, as chair of the Maine Community Foundation's Knox County Fund, and as treasurer of West Bay Rotary. When not volunteering, she works as a bookkeeper (and blogger) at Camden Accommodations and a bookseller at Sherman's Books.
She lives in her hometown of Camden, Maine, with her husband, novelist Paul Doiron, and this (indoor) cat: