Kristen Forbes

Portland, OR USA

Professional Experience

My articles, essays and short stories have been published in a wide variety of publications over the past decade. Recent topics include the art of writing, working with the elderly, aging, dementia, grief, personal relationships, eating disorders and commentary on the standards of beauty for women. Previous topics include profiles on ordinary people doing extraordinary things, business advertorials, event write-ups, business spotlights, gift and holiday guides, author interviews and in-depth, multi-source articles about identity, renewal and sustainability. Whether writing for a community newspaper or an online publication with massive readership, I treat all my assignments with professionalism and passion.


Book Author
4 Years
10 Years
10 Years


4 Years
4 Years
Women's Issues
4 Years


Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
6 Years
Online/new media
2 Years
Newspaper - Community
8 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Groundswell Magazine (6-10), Bleed for Jaded Ibis Productions (6-10), Role/Reboot (3-5)

Other Work History

My articles, essays, short stories and one-act plays have been published in Bleed for Jaded Ibis Productions, Groundswell Magazine, Role/Reboot, Bluestem Magazine, The Boulevard, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, The Rumpus, Front Porch Review, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Modern Love Rejects, Bartleby Snopes, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Wavelength Magazine, Aspens Magazine, Stork Magazine, Portland Tribune, Beaverton Valley Times, Tigard-Tualatin-Sherwood Times, Lake Oswego Review, West Linn Tidings, Regal Courier, Sherwood Gazette, Southwest Community Connection, Boom!, Clackamas Review, Estacada News, Forest Grove News-Times, Gresham Outlook, Oregon City News, Sandy Post, The Bee, South County Spotlight, Pause: Journal of Dramatic Writing, and

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, social media


MacBook Air, audio recorder


Cheryl Strayed, mentor and boss Julie Grecius, editor at The Rumpus Elizabeth Earley, editor at Bleed for Jaded Ibis Productions Meredith Landry, editor at Role/Reboot Sara Ring, editor at Groundswell Magazine Karen Werner, editor at Wavelength Magazine Valeree Lane, editor at Aspens Magazine


My short story "Hair Club For Men and the Peacock Lady" was voted Story of the Month at Bartleby Snopes and nominated for a Best of the Net award.


Personal Essays

A personal essay about having a binge eating disorder.
A personal essay about quitting my job and driving 3,000 miles to write a book.
A personal essay about how casting exes as villians prevents us from being able to move past breakups.
A personal essay about my failures with online dating.
A personal essay about letting go of obsession in both writing and life.
A personal essay about accepting my identity as a writer even if I don't have a book deal.
A personal essay about procrastinating while writing.
A personal essay about the beauty and aging standards faced by women and my personal decision to be pro-aging instead.

Short Stories

A short story about the end of a relationship.