Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Kristen (Kay) Barrett, from Nashville, Tennessee, is pursuing a PhD in English at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia as a distinguished major in English and a minor in drama. As a Marshall Scholar, she graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford with an MSt in English (1830-1914) and from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc in Intermediality: Literature, Film and the Arts in Dialogue. An aspiring English professor, Kay wants to affirm Black science fiction as a literary genre and found her own academic journal, publishing agency, and independent bookstore dedicated to these stories. Kay is also a former Jefferson Scholar and a former recipient of the UVA Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award in Drama.