Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a writer and musician. In both sides of her work, she explores the connections between musical and verbal storytelling, and the power of stories to change minds and foster connections between people. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Potomac Review, Kenyon Review Online, Glassworks, Reed, Digging Through the Fat, and Woven Tale Press, among other literary journals, and has been recognized in contests run by Glimmer Train Magazine, Woven Tale Press, and Reed. She was also a prizewinner in the 2017 NYC Midnight Short Story Contest. Her debut novel, "To Love a Stranger," was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award, and was released by Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto) in May 2017. Kris's essays and interviews appear on Authorlink, The Negatives, The Undercover Soundtrack, and JMWW Journal.
Kris studied music and engineering at Swarthmore College, piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory, and fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University. She has been a contributor at the Sewanee Writers' Conference and a contributor and fellowship recipient at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. She is also a studio piano teacher, lecturer and performer. When not at work, she can often be found hiking and exploring the outdoors.