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Kris Ann Valdez

Kid Lit Author and Nonfiction Essayist

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Kris Ann Valdez is a desert-dwelling, adventure-loving Arizona native, wife, and mother. As an essayist, her work has been featured in Motherly, Motherhood Mag, For Women Who Roar, among others.  Her novel-length work is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Agency. Kris Ann co-created The Writerlies and actively attends Pen-in-Hand and the Central Phoenix Writer Workshops. She is also a recipient of the 2023 Arizona Arts Research and Development Grant.

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Portfolio of Work

Past. Present. Future.


"Surviving Bedtime" from Motherhood Mag

September, 2023

"...we crave alone time, but also really need to dig our noses into our child’s oily hair and hold their little fingers as they drift off.  

To be their big spoon in a world that threatens to make them grow up too fast..." Read here.


"The Chronicles of Mr. Fox" from Her View From Home

June, 2021

“Mr. Fox,” I call out telepathically, “where are you?” But, he is quiet, wherever he is, because he prefers to only communicate through the 2-year-old.

Between Walls

Arizona Commission on the Arts, Research and Development Grant

January, 2023

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced the 34 recipients of Research & Development (R&D) Grants for 2023. Awarded through a competitive application and review process, these grants support Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.

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Woman Writing

"How Unemployment is Building Resilience in my Children" from Motherly

October, 2023

Unemployed--a scary word that has impacted my family for five long months and counting.

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