I was born in 1974 and grew up in Ohio, upstate New York, and Massachusetts. Although I have fond memories of my various childhood homes, I don’t feel particularly tied to any one of them. Since 1998, I’ve lived just 5 miles south of Boston. This is the place that finally feels like home, where it’s just my husband, my daughter, a Corgi, and me.
I graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA (biology major), and New England Law in Boston (cum laude, evening division). Since 2011, I’ve transitioned from lawyer (land use and zoning litigation) to writer. I was a regular contributor at Modern Farmer magazine where I answered legal questions about agriculture (that list of columns is here). Now, I mostly write essays and short stories. My recently published work has appeared here:
The Healing Muse (“Single Vision, Double Take” – forthcoming in October 2016) [print]
Gravel Magazine (“The Elucidating Light of a Missed Sunset” – forthcoming in June 2016)
The Hopper (“The Flight of the Cardinal” – forthcoming in May 2016) [print]
Manifest-Station (“In Sickness” – March 2016)
Medium (“The Case for a Dog” – January 2016)
Club Mid/Scary Mommy (“My Feelings on Paper” – September 2015)
Brain, Child (“Thirteen Windows” – March 2015)
The Humanist (“Tacos & Tolerance” – Jan/Feb 2015) [also in print]
Literary Mama (“Op-Ed: WAHMs, WOHMs, and SAHMs: Deflecting Judgment With Confidence” – November 2014)
Mamalode (“Silence and Echoes: Stopping Subtle Sexism” – October 2014)
NYT’s Motherlode (“Long After a Divorce, the Question of Family Photographs Lingers” – June 2014)
Literary Mama (“Op-Ed: Awkward Pauses: My Life as a Secular Parent” – June 2014)
In addition to writer, wife, and mother, here’s what I am: observer, ponderer, atheist, introvert, bibliophile, impatient, too serious, light sleeper, insomniac, photographer, urban agriculture enthusiast, gardener, Capricorn, thank you note writer, aspiring minimalist, and embarrassed owner of one helluva messy sock drawer.
But about my little M. Born in 2007, she will be our one and only, by choice. She has given me new perspectives and a new lens through which to view life’s issues, both big and small. I am following her lead to determine what really is important in life, and why. She is my muse. She is my little lodestar.
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Thank you for reading + wishing you well,
Kristen M. Ploetz
Incidentally, whatever I write about here, in this space, is based on my own opinion or observations. More to the point, I do not speak for M or my husband when I write here, and none of my thoughts are intended to judge others. But of course you knew that already.