Khristeena Lute is a writer and English professor currently residing in upstate New York, where she spends as much of her time outdoors as possible—running, hiking, and camping—or following whatever projects or topics interest her that week.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ohio University before she became a junior high literature teacher in Yuma, Arizona. During her time as a teacher, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University just as the Army shipped her family across the country to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While there, she finished both a Master of Arts in English from Austin Peay State University and a Doctorate in English from Middle Tennessee State University, specializing in American women writers from the Civil War to present. After finishing her Ph.D., she, her husband, and two children moved to New York, where Khristeena is also an active volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Khristeena has written several academic chapters on Grace King, which have been published in various anthologies of literary criticism. Finding Grace and Grit is her first novel. Finding Grace and Grit (Forthcoming) is a novelization of the life of Grace King (1852-1932) intertwined with the narrative of the modern writer trying to write a doctoral dissertation about her.
Find Khristeena on Instagram, @khristeenalute, or at her personal webpage, khristeenalute.net.