Kristina Krause’s acceptance into CGU’s doctoral program in English in 2008 fulfills a dream she’s worked toward realizing since 1977. She began her academic life as a part-time student studying English literature at a community college in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania. In 1983, Black Willow Press published a chapbook of her poems titled, I Am As Dark As Your Smile, November. After transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, she earned a B.A. in English while working full-time, graduating with honors in 1989. In 2001, she received a merit scholarship to study creative writing, earning an M.F.A. from the University of San Francisco in 2003. During that time, her poetry appeared in several literary magazines. She also organized monthly poetry readings at an independent bookstore in San Jose, featuring poets from all over the Bay Area. Before entering Loyola Marymount University in 2006, she taught adult literacy classes at the Glendale Public Library. At Loyola, she was awarded a teaching fellowship and continued to teach there after graduating with an M.A. in Literature.
Currently, Kristina is focusing on completing the Ph.D. program at CGU where her emphasis is on twentieth-century American literature. Her interests include exploring the areas where literature and early twentieth-century photography influence and inform each other. As a photographer herself, her work has been published in the digital versions of the L.A Times and Los Angeles Magazine. One of her photos was included in The Atlantic Monthly’s “In Focus” photo project, “America At Work.”
“It is because of CGU’s unique transdisciplinary focus that I am encouraged to reach beyond traditional modes of scholarship and thinking and to delve into exciting, original areas of research integrating literary and visual culture.
I am very fortunate to have had the guidance and support of many wonderful professors over the course of my long academic journey, but this is especially true of the support I’ve received from the wonderful faculty and fellow students here at CGU. It is an honor to be a part of this esteemed community of scholars.”