Environmentalism, as well as an exploration of individual and collective identity, are common themes in my work. I enjoy navigating gray areas, and well-mapped ambiguity, in both my visual and written storytelling.
My first novel, The Ice Age, was published by Text Publishing and Picador UK, to widespread critical acclaim and two award shortlistings: The NSW Premiers Awards, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. I recently finished Ghost Town, my second novel, (eight years in the making!) which is set for publication with Maine Author's Publishing in spring 2023.
My short stories, comics, and essays have appeared in The Lifted Brow, Pen Pusher Magazine, and numerous other publications, both online and in print.
I am a member of the National Writers' Union, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Association of Illustrators, Sisters in Crime, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Dazed and Confused Magazine short story, "All Cats Are Grey": https://www.dazeddigital.com/user/kirstenreed
Pen Pusher Magazine short story, "Smoke 'Em Anyway":
Readings author interview:
News.com.au author interview with Fiona Purdon: https://www.news.com.au/news/first-time-author-kirsten-reed-drew-on-her-teen-years/news-story/3af3a83183e6de05fb4f5cfa4ab8c9cc?sv=8a277d0bb15dcd23ec4ba1385c9f3b6d