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, online haiku 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 and 2014, and in Word, the Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival in 2018. Her work has received various awards, including the Bread Loaf Poetry Prize (chosen by Robert Pack and Carol Oles), the Red Fox Poetry Prize (chosen by Henry Braun), the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance's Penobscot Watershed Poetry Prize (2nd prize, chosen by Baron Wormser), and the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest (chosen by Gary Lawless). Garrison Keillor read three of her poems on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. Maine State Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum has read two of her poems on Maine Public Radio’s Poems from Here.
She has written a natural history column for the local papers for many years (currently for Pen Bay Pilot; read a recent column 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 (natural history; poetry) and has also led haiku workshops for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. (See her entry in the Haiku Foundation’s poet registry.) And she recently served as a Dixon Schoodic Scholar at Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Institute.
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. In 2019 she will be the naturalist for the Coastal Maine Hiking outing offered by Distant Journeys.
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.
She lives in her hometown of Camden, Maine, with her husband, novelist Paul Doiron, and this (indoor) cat: