On the blog: doses of piano music I’m making at home during quarantine, and sometimes stories too. Check it out for your mental health break!
Check out my newest published story, “Stealing Glads,” now up at The Baltimore Review!
Introducing Musical Meditations!
This new, fully self-guided online course combines three elements:
- Musical inspiration and space for journaling
- Features on four major composers and periods in music history (including Kris’s own recordings of piano music)
- Writing prompts based on the music
Find out all you need to know here!
What students say about Kris’s teaching:
“I cannot tell you how much I respect you as a teacher and how much I am getting out of the classes.” – Fred G., writing workshop member at BCPL Cockeysville
“You’ve made me such a better writer. I can’t thank you enough.” – Christina H., writing workshop member at BCPL Cockeysville
“I personally loved the writers’ workshop. I love to write and being a part of this elective has helped me open up to more different types of writing. Thank you!” – Diamond C., Baltimore Bridges workshop participant
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Praise for Kris’s debut novel:
“To Love A Stranger is a page-turner, a story that will resonate with the reader for a long time to come.” – Geeta Kothari, author of I Brake For Moose and Other Stories
“Faatz takes her reader into the music in a way that feels genuine and serious, yet never overly technical. Her sentences make me want to listen to Chopin’s third Ballade, to Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.” – Hannah Howard, author of Feast
“To Love A Stranger was written with the harmony of humanity in mind. To Love A Stranger is a song.” – Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Whiskey & Ribbons
“It’s the kind of book people don’t write enough anymore, one where you’re just with the people, and there’s nothing to get in between you and them.” – Tom Andes, author
Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a fiction writer and musician. Her first novel, To Love A Stranger, was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award and was released May 2017 by Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto, ON).
Kris’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Potomac Review, Glassworks, Reed, Bluestem, Luna Station Quarterly, and Digging Through the Fat, among other journals, and has received recognition in competitions run by Glimmer Train, The Woven Tale Press, and NYC Midnight. She has been a contributor at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. In 2018, she served as a preliminary-round judge for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. She currently teaches writers’ workshops with the Baltimore County Public Library system, Baltimore Bridges, and Writopia Lab DC.
Kris is a no-holds-barred reader with special devotion to Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Pratchett, Richard Adams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Christopher Moore, and Neil Gaiman. She loves hiking and exploring the outdoors, especially if it involves lakes, oceans or streams. She lives in Maryland with her husband, jazz saxophonist and composer Paul Faatz, and feline contingent Alafair, Templeton, and Fergus.