Writer Kristen Iverson to read from her work Nov. 9 at Marshall


Dr. Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, will read from her work  on  Monday, Nov. 9, as part of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center.

Iversen’s book was the winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award, and selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, the American Library Association, and Mother Jones magazine. Full Body Burden was also chosen as Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

The memoir also reveals itself as a work of investigative journalism—a detailed account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in court.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, Fourth Genre and other publications, and she has appeared on PBS, C-SPAN, NPR’s Fresh Air, and BBC World Outlook.  She has worked extensively with A&E Biography, The History Channel, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has lectured widely across the U.S. and abroad.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and currently heads the Ph.D. program in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Cincinnati.

The event will include a question-and-answer session and book signing. For more information on the author, visit www.kristeniversen.com on the web.