Kirsten Ihns

Cohort Year: 2017
Research Interests: Intersections of visual art and language, 20th century & contemporary English and French poetry and poetics, aesthetics/aesthetic theory, philosophy, and questions of sequence and space in text.


Kirsten Ihns is a graduate of the poetry MFA program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has also studied Visual Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (now part of Tufts University). Her B.A. degrees are in Biological Sciences and English Literature.


Poems can be found or are forthcoming in Bennington ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewBOAAT,The OffingNew Delta ReviewThe Sonora ReviewTAGVVERKHorsethiefPOOL, and elsewhere.

Interview with Black Warrior Review for 2016 poetry contest, judged by Hoa Nguyen


  • 2010-2012: T.A. for multiple undergraduate biology courses at the University of Chicago
  • 2015-2016: Taught and designed two freestanding General Education in Literature courses at the University of Iowa
  • 2016-2017: Taught and designed two freestanding poetry/workshop courses for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa