Kristen Iversen was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in Colorado. She is the author of the bestselling biography Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, which won the Colorado Book Award for Biography and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction. It formed the basis for the A&E Biography, Molly Brown: An American Legend. She is also the author of Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.
After working as a travel writer in Europe for several years, Iversen returned to the University of Denver to do a PhD in English and Creative Writing. She has taught at several universities including Naropa University and San Jose State University, and currently teaches in the MFA program at The University of Memphis, where she is also Editor-in-Chief of The Pinch.