Kirsten Bakis is the author of Lives of the Monster Dogs, a novel (1997). Her second novel, Gold Island, is under contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 2007 she was a faculty member at the Summer Literary Seminars Russia Program in St. Petersburg, a fellow at the Wesleyan Summer Writers Conference, and a fellow at the New York State Summer Writers Institute (2006 and 2007). She was a visitng writer at Skidmore College in 2005 and Hampshire College from 2001 to 2003. In 2004 she received a Whiting Award. In 2001 she was chosen by Britain's Orange Prize Committee to participate the Orange Futures Program honoring promising writers. She was the recipient of a Michener/Copernicus Society of America Grant in 1994 and an Iowa Writers' Workshop Teaching/Writing Fellowship in 1993. Lives of the Monster Dogs was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and shortlisted for Britian's Orange Prize, and it received the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. In 1998 film rights were optioned by Atlas Studios and a screenplay written by David and Janet Peoples. It has been published in a British edition and translated into eight foreign languages. Kirsten lives in southern Vermont with her husband David and their young son Theo.
Lives of the Monster Dogs, a novel Hardcover: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1997 Paperback: Warner Books, 1998