Kristin Ohlson
Photo by Kristin Beadle

About Kristin Ohlson

I’m a writer with one foot still in Cleveland, where I lived my most recent 30 years, and the other planted in the wonderfully fecund Portland, Oregon. Nice. Liking it.

A freelance journalist, author, essayist and fiction writer, almost no topic escapes my curiosity. My articles have spanned many subjects, from zebrafish bioengineered to glow in the presence of pollutants to abandoned coal mines that catch fire and burn for decades to feminist philanthropy to the biology of moral decision-making to watching Indian soap operas with a roomful of men in Kabul. And so on. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine something that I wouldn’t want to write about.

Over the last few decades, I’ve written for many publications including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Utne, Salon, Smithsonian, Discover, New Scientist, Gourmet, Eating Well, Experience Life, Entrepreneur, Preservation, American Archaeology, Ms, Oprah, More, Poets & Writers, Tin House, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and more.

It’s interesting work. I consider myself damn lucky.


Contact me for readings, talks, book clubs (in person or via skype), radio chats, panel discussions, whatever – I love to talk about things I've written. And feel free to invite me on farm tours, alert me to your conference or lecture or research, and tell me about the things you’re sure I’ll want to write about. You have my ear.

Honors and Awards

Best American Science Writing, 2011
Creative Workforce Fellow, 2010 (video profile)
Best American Travel Writing, 2008
New York Times bestseller, 2007
American Society of Journalists and Authors' Best Nonfiction Book Award, 2004
Ohio Arts Council’s major fiction fellowship, 2003