Kristen P. Orr


Hello! Welcome to Word-Weary.

I’m Kristen, a feminist theorist, poet, and novelist who lives on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu with a feisty puppy and a lovable man named Jeff. I attend the University of Hawai’i at Manoa where I study women, law, and social work. My poetry has been featured in TeenINK Literary Magazine, and I have been commended for my contributions to journalism, and the field of geography of sexualities.

In regards to literature, I enjoy reading and reviewing everything pertaining to fantasy, Sci Fi, dystopia, mystery, historical fiction, religion, romance, (intergenerational) drama, and realism, especially magical realism. Some of my favorite books are:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

If you’ve read any of the books on my list, you know that what truly impresses me in literature is not only a good story, but also a statement about the nature of someone’s existence. I do not believe in universal truth (at all), but I do believe that at least one true thing exists for each of us. If you can reveal your character’s truth to me, and immerse me in their world, I will be more than satisfied.

I am also very interested in feminist, spatial, and queer theory, as well as Hawaiiana/native cultural pieces.


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