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The Painted Forest


In this often-surprising book of essays, Krista Eastman explores the myths we make about who we are and where we’re from.

Essays (selected)

“On Leave,” Cincinnati Review (miCRo series), Fall 2021

“Ancient Inland Sea,” Conjunctions, “Earth Elegies,” Fall 2019

“Everybody Comes Round Here,” Sycamore Review, 2016 (27:1)

Animals,Kenyon Review Online, Fall 2015

“The Painted Forest,” Sonora Review, Spring 2015 (vol. 67)

“Volcanic Ash Cloud, 2010,” Denver Quarterly, 2014 (48:3)

“Coupling,” The Bellingham Review, Spring 2013

“Insider’s Almanac”, The Georgia Review, Summer 2012

“Scrap Metal”, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Spring/Summer 2011

“Middle West”, Cutbank, February 2011

“Wonder Spot”, The Massachusetts Review, Winter 2010/11

“Securing Mutual Response”, The Briar Cliff Review, Spring 2010 (Notable Essay of 2010)

“Layers of Ice”, Witness, January 2010

“Friends with Fatima”, New Letters, Fall 2009


Reading for the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts, March 9, 2021

“Putting off-the-map oddities at the center of the universe: An interview with Krista Eastman,” Booktimist, West Virginia University Press, September 2019


“Meeting the Sisters,” Isle Royale from the A.I.R.: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence, Caffeinated Press, 2017