All Kristi ever wanted was to be a mom. Then, her son was diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia, and her dream looked different.
From the event: 'All I Ever Wanted': Stories of Growing Up
After 12 years in a gray cubicle hell, Kristi returned to school and received a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from California State, Long Beach. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she published poetry in small local presses. In 2014, she received her MFA from UCR Palm Desert, low residency program and now writes technical proposals for a government contractor. She lives in Moreno Valley with her husband, two sons, two dogs, a cat, and two turtles.