Kris Bigalk

Minnesota, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2007

Kris Bigalk is the author of the poetry collections Enough (2019( and Repeat the Flesh in Numbers (2012), both published by New York Quarterly Books; her poetry also appears in several anthologies many other literary magazines, and her essays have appeared in the Rumpus and The Great River Review. She regularly serves as a regional judge for the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. Bigalk founded and now directs the groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College, where she was awarded a Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award. Since 2022, she has coordinated the Minnesota State Write Like Us program, an equity-based mentorship program pairing BIPOC student writers with established writers in the community for meaningful mentorship experiences. In 2023, Bigalk took the helm of Trio House Press, serving as its Executive Director.


Twitter Username: @KrisBigalk


  • Repeat the Flesh in Numbers , New York Quarterly Books (February 29, 2012)
  • Enough , New York Quarterly Books (November 1, 2019)


  • Adjunct Faculty at Hamline University MFA in Creative Writing Program (August 2013 - November 2013)
  • Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College (August 1999 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Drake University (May 1989)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English from Minnesota State University - Mankato (May 1992)
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Florida State University (May 1995)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Minnesota State University - Mankato (May 2009)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry