Kristine Esser SlentzKristine Esser Slentz is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.” She has been writing creatively since she was given a Lion King journal and could hold a #2 pencil. 

Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing while working in the ad sales department at The Exponent. After college, she began working in the digital marketing field to marry her experience in both writing and advertising. She started in search engine optimization (SEO) and soon transitioned into content marketing. During this time, she also wrote pieces in publications like HuffPost, Pattern, and NUVO. Currently, Kristine is a freelance content strategist and assistant editor for Unfold. Her poetry has appeared in Sweater Weather Magazine, The Unprecedented Review, and Flying Island. This fall, Kristine will be pursuing an MFA in creative writing.

Who is/was your favorite professor at Purdue?
One of my favorite classes at Purdue was Fables and Parables, which was taught by Professor Beate Allert. To this day, my writing is influenced by the lessons I learned about storytelling and the impact they have on children into adulthood. 

What is an interesting memory of Heavilon Hall or just one from the campus in general?
There were times in the spring when certain professors would decide to host class outside in the grass near Heavilon Hall. I could have poetry read aloud all day long like that – it was amazing.

How has your English major helped you in your professional career?
Having an English degree is so versatile. I have been able to build a sustaining career in digital marketing and continue to write creatively for publications. 

Who is your favorite author and/or what are you currently reading?
I have been really digging Kaveh Akbar’s work. He has some great poetic works and is always looking to promote and encourage other poets through his social media presence on Twitter. One of my all-time favorite poets is Tim Dlugos. His work isn’t always the easiest to find, but it’s totally worth it once you do!

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