Kris Bigalk

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KIMG_0580ris Bigalk (pronounced BEE-yahk) is a writer and professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her second collection of poetry, Enough, was released in the fall of 2019 from NYQ Books, and was a finalist in the Housatonic Book Award competition; her first collection, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was released in 2012 from NYQ Books. Bigalk has published poetry in many literary magazines and anthologies, and also regularly publishes creative nonfiction and reviews. She has won two Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist grants in poetry.

 Kris founded and now directs the groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She was awarded a campus nomination for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching award for her work with that program. During the 2022-23 school year, Kris is assisting in the coordination of Write Like Us,  which brings equity-based creative writing programming to five Twin Cities community colleges.
Kris now serves as Secretary of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Board, and recently completed a term on the Rain Taxi Review of Books Board. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.

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