About Kristie Atwood
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Kristie Atwood has been a long time writer, photographer, and artist. It began in early childhood when she wrote original Christmas plays and insisted they be performed by her sisters for the rest of the family. She later pursued her creative drive by earning a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Northern Arizona University and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.
This love of writing and visual art began to combine as book arts in 2009, with study in mixed media books at the University of Arizona. Since, Atwood was selected for the Purchase Award at the Tucson Festival of Books by the University of Arizona Special Collections Library, for the original book "Shells" in 2013. Also in 2013 she was awarded the Barbara Lewis Book Challenge prize, in an exhibition with Paperworks in Tucson for her book "The Ardor of Birds..." Her work has been show nationally and internationally, with "The Ardor of Birds" traveling Australia for the past two years. Her work, "Poe and the Hollow Crown" has been shown in New York City, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and World of Words, a special collection of children's books at the University of Arizona (still showing).
She occasionally teaches bookmaking and poetry. As you can see, the tradition continues only her sisters no longer have to act out her work.