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Krista writes with a keen eye for the beauty — and absurdities — of contemporary American culture. Her personal essays explore the dynamics of her marriage to a Libyan-born Muslim man, unearthing the difficulties, triumphs, and transcendence of love in a bicultural family.
– Rona Jaffe Nomination
Krista Bremer is an American essayist whose work has appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, MORE, The Sun, Utne, Brain, Child, The Sunday Times (London), Aquila Asia (Indonesia), O, The Oprah Magazine (South Africa), CNN and MSN. Her writing has won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. Her essay "My Accidental Jihad" was also cited in the Best American Spiritual Writing series. She is currently working on a memoir.
Krista lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and works as associate publisher of The Sun. She is currently working on a memoir.
"The Power of a T-Shirt"
National Public Radio, The Story with Dick Gordon, February 2011
"Choices for Your Child"
National Public Radio, The Story with Dick Gordon, November 2010
"The Thin Pink Line"
The Monti, unscripted storytelling, November 2010
National Public Radio, The Story with Dick Gordon, September 2010
"Experimenting with the Headscarf"
National Public Radio, The Story with Dick Gordon, June 2010
"Bikini or Headscarf -- Which Offers More Freedom?"
CNN.COM, Editor’s Choice, Top Picks, June 2010
"When Freedom Means Choosing a Headscarf"
National Public Radio, Tell Me More, May 2010
"Personal Point of View Pays Off for Writer"
Carolina Alumni Review, March/April 2010
"Living Across Boundaries"
News and Observer, September 2009
"Unexpected Gift Stuns Writer"
Chapel Hill News, September 2009
An essay about life in Libya under the dictatorship of Muammar Qaddafi:
Leaving Libya: How I learned to Appreciate Everything I'd Taken for Granted
O, The Oprah Magazine
An assay about the time I spent with my female relatives in Libya:
Libya: What I Wore to the Revelation
An essay about the place where motherhood, self-image, and religion intersect:
O, The Oprah Magazine
An essay about marriage, faith, and tolerance:
My Accidental Jihad
An essay about circumcision:
The First Cut
An essay about icons, dictators, and pop culture:
Che Guevara and My Son
An essay about materialism, cultural differences, and what it means to buy a car:
Driven by Desire
An interview with Islamic scholar Ebrahim Moosa on Freedom, Fundamentalism, and the Spirit of Islam
In God's Name
The Sun Magazine
When I was driving limousines and studying literature in Southern California in 1992, I discovered The Sun in a health-food store by my tiny apartment. I’ve been reading it ever since. There’s nothing like it, and it keeps getting better.
Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards
Includes information about the foundation, which awards $25,000 each year to six emerging American women writers, thereby giving them “a room of their own” to write for a year.
The Pushcart Prize
Described as the most honored literary project in America, the Pushcart Prize has been recognizing the best writing in small presses since 1976. Reading these collections inspires me to write.
North Carolina Arts Council
Supports North Carolina writers with $10,000 grants to help them set aside time for their work. I am grateful to make my home in a state with such a strong literary tradition.
Supports the art of storytelling by inviting people from the community to tell personal stories, live and without script.
One of five women who won the Jaffe Award with me, Ostlund also won the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction with her debut collection of short stories, The Bigness of the World. She deserves it; the book is excellent.
A professional storyteller, poet, and children's writer, Janice did a riveting reading with me in Manhattan in 2009. My kids were fans of her books before I met her at the Jaffe Awards ceremony and discovered her beautiful poetry.
A California-based poet whose work amazes me. It was such an honor to read with her at the 2010 AWP conference in Denver this year.