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One-Time Intimate Talk w/ Kristen Millares Young

On Feb. 9, 2022, from 5:30-7pm PST, join this One-Time Intimate Talk with Kristen Millares Young.

We are thrilled to have Kristen Millares Young as one of our one-time intimate talks for our 2021 Community Fundraiser. By purchasing a seat to this talk on Feb. 9, 2022, you’ll be receiving an autographed copy of Subduction, which was published in April 2020 by Red Hen Press, and you’ll be saving yourself a seat for this 90-minute virtual, intimate conversation facilitated by The Seventh Wave. While you can read more about Kristen below or on her site here, there’s so much to be said about her work.

“The title of the book refers to the geological phenomenon of one tectonic plate sinking under the influence of another, during which both subsumed and overriding plates are wracked by distortion and disruption. In Young’s novel, the answer to which is which is left beautifully unclear,” writes The Paris Review.

One of the best gifts a book can give us is promise. Not just in the prose and its possibility, but also the future of any writer and the worlds they are bound to create. “The brilliance of Subduction,” writes Luis Alberto Urrea, “only suggests the wonders to come.” But there is plenty to marinate on right now. Subduction “accomplishes something that only the best literature can: It asks the reader to wonder, and to reflect, and to ask crucial questions about society and identity. And it does so in a deeply entertaining and moving story,” writes The Seattle Times. We also had a few things to say about Subduction, as our very own Executive Director Joyce Chen was in conversation with Kristen: “Part anthropological study, part philosophical interrogation, and all parts brilliant (actionable) storytelling: an examination of what happens when immigrants become settlers, and native land dwellers become itinerant travelers.”

There are only 14 available seats for purchase for this one-time intimate talk.

Click “Reserve your seat today” below, but if you are unable to join due to financial constraints, there is 1 scholarship spot available for this talk. If you’d like to apply for the scholarship seat for this talk, just email us at by Dec. 17, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded via raffle on Dec. 24, 2021, by email.

Reserve your seat today.

The autographed copy of Subduction will ship out the week of Jan. 3, 2022, by priority mail. Please read all the information here about our Community Fundraiser, as there are discounts for our TSW Past Contributors, and options to gift these talks or autographed books to friends and/or loved ones.



Kristen Millares Young is the author of the novel Subduction, Paris Review staff pick called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post and “a brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times. Shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Subduction won silver Nautilus and IPPY awards and was a finalist for a Foreword Indies Book of the Year and two International Latino Book Awards. Her essays, reviews and investigations appear most recently in the Washington PostThe Rumpus, PANK Magazine, the Guardian, Literary Hub, and the anthologies Alone Together and Advanced Creative Nonfiction. She is the editor of Seismic, a 2021 Washington State Book Award finalist. A former Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence, Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. From 2016 to 2019, Kristen was board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom she co-founded to serve vulnerable peoples and places of the Pacific Northwest. She teaches a bilingual writing workshop for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.