Kristin FitzPatrick
About the Author

Kristin FitzPatrick is the author of My Pulse Is an Earthquake, a collection of stories forthcoming from Vandalia, an imprint of West Virginia University Press. Her book was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Kristin's work has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, The Southeast Review, and Epiphany. Her writing has been chosen for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, the Gival Press Short Story Award, The New Short Fiction Series, and Stories on Stage. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Jentel Artist Residency Program and The Seven Hills School. Originally from the Midwest, she now lives and writes in Southern California.

Past News:

March 2015: Kristin is a semifinalist for the RopeWalk Press Fiction Editors' Chapbook Prize:

February 2014: Kristin's story, "Center of Population," is featured in Carve Magazine's Winter 2013 Premium Edition.

August 30, 2013: Kristin is a featured writer at Stories on Stage

February 2012
Kristin FitzPatrick
Winner of the 2011 Gival Press Short Story Award

Praise for the work:
"Dr. Sims, a history professor and expert in the mining era, employs Jace, a geology student, drummer, and Grateful Dead and Phish aficionado, as his guide on a trip to an abandoned mineshaft. 
As the pair descends into the mine, into distant history, Jace explores his more recent past. He wrestles with his relationships, the 'complex bonds' of his life: reflections on his absent father, memories of his dead mother, and recognition that the situation with his Uncle Brad and Brad’s girlfriend, Keiko, has reached a critical juncture.
When their excursion takes an unexpected turn, Jace realizes he can no longer hide behind his music. Brad is returning, Keiko has not been well-life is on the line. 
The Music She Will Never Hear is a tightly composed, original exploration of a young man's experience of death, life, love, and the liberating power of music. Imprints of pressure and time–the ponderous formation of white mountains and moonstones, thunderous strikes on a drum, arduous pumps to restart a heart–provide the story’s rhythm, enhance its specific gravity, infusing it with a musicality that is a pleasure to hear. "          —Daniel Degnan, judge      

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Kristin Fitzpatrick Wins Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize 
Kristin Fitzpatrick of Alameda, California, is the winner of the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short story, “Queen City Playhouse.”
Final judge Martin Clark, the acclaimed author of three best -selling and widely acclaimed novels, said of her story, “Great story, amazing characters, excellent conceit, beautiful, moving ending, nice turns of phrase . . .”
Fitzpatrick holds an MFA from CSU Fresno. In 2009-2010 she was the writer-in-residence at The Seven Hills School in Cincinnati. Her fiction appears in Colorado Review and is forthcoming in The Southeast Review. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is at work on a novel. Fitzpatrick will win $1.000 for her story, which will be considered for publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review, as will the stories named honorable mentions....
There were 140 stories entered in this year’s competition, the most in its history . . .
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