Kristine Holmgren

The faithful, feminist playwright

Long before it was cool, Kristine Holmgren trained and submitted to the office of ordination as a Presbyterian pastor. So odd was this event, she attracted attention everywhere she went - and was unable to ever again drink gin or socialize with single, heterosexual men. The up-side to her thirty-year-long ministry with the Presbyterians was her new career as a writer. Her thoughtful political commentary is featured on editorial pages around the world. She is published by The Guardian, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times and many monthly periodicals. She blogs for the Huffington Post and her website; and blog Holmgren's short stories are anthologized in The Magic of Christmas Miracles, published by William and Morrow and her life outlined in In the Company of Women; published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. She is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Since 2008, Kristine has written for the theatre. Her produced plays include "PAPER DADDY" (Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN 2011; Talking Horse Theatre, Columbia MO 2013; Little Theatre, Lake of the Ozarks MO 2015), “SWEET TRUTH” (Berlin Theatre, Columbia, MO, 2013). "THE GIVING HOUSE, A GHOST STORY" was commissioned by the Minnesota Historical Society and is in search of a production house. “GOD GIRL” is her first autobiographical play, and "GRANDMA BERNICE TELLS ALL" (Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis, MO 2015) is her first 'one woman' show. Holmgren's fourth production STAR BABY, is slated for 2017 production. Kristine is a single mother to two successful, professional women. Today, she lives in Como Park, St. Paul with two opinionated, left-leaning Scottish Terriers, Missus Eleanor and Missus Sarah Roosevelt. In her spare time Kristine swims Minnesota lakes, hikes Minnesota trails, knits Minnesota sweaters and tries to catch a nap.