Kristen Gleason was born in California. Her fiction has appeared in A Public Space, Fence, Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. In 2011, she was the recipient of a High North Fellowship from the University of Tromsø, Norway. Currently she lives in Athens, Georgia. Her short story 'The Refugee' won the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize (US & Canada).