Kristin Bair O'Keeffe

Massachusetts, United States

Kristin Bair O'Keeffe is the author of the novels The Art of Floating (Penguin/Berkley) and Thirsty (Swallow Press). Her articles, essays, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Writer's Digest, HYPERtext, Bluestem, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. She was also featured in THRIVE: 34 Women, 18 Countries, 1 Goal, a collection of memoirs that profiles the lives of women who “moved to Shanghai and redefined success for themselves.”

With an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English and journalism from Indiana University (Bloomington), Kristin has been teaching fiction and nonfiction writing workshops for more than 20+ years. Throughout her career, she’s helped hundreds of writers discover their voices, shape their strongest material, gain confidence in their process, and learn to navigate the publishing world. Kristin has taught in colleges and universities in New England and Chicago, and been a featured speaker at conferences throughout the U.S. and in China.

In 2006, Kristin moved to Shanghai, China. When she wasn’t out exploring old Shanghai lanes and writing about her host country, she taught expat writers from all around the world, curated “Out Loud! The Shanghai Writers Literary Salon,” and was a frequent speaker and moderator at the annual Shanghai International Literary Festival.

In late 2010, after nearly five years in China, she repatriated to the United States and now lives north of Boston with her husband and daughter.


Twitter Username: @kbairokeeffe


  • The Art of Floating , Penguin|Berkley (April 1, 2014)
  • Thirsty , Swallow Press (October 2009)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry