Kristen Caven was a cartoonist in college, began dancing in her twenties, wrote screenplays and musicals in her thirties, and novels in her forties. Approaching the world creatively, she blogs profusely and writes articles about parenting, psychology, health, humor, philosophy and creativity. Her lyrics, poetry, short stories and songs often feature quirky, interesting characters in universal situations. Kristen’s offerings, from graphic novels to greeting cards to books on heavy topics, all aim to inspire, provoke insight, and amuse.
Kristen has authored numerous books on diverse range of subject matter. Her latest are The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids For Life, which she co-authored with her mother and writing partner, Dr. Louise Hart, and The Souls of Her Feet, which is based on her musical of the same name.
Speaker & Teacher
Conversation builds community. The best part of speaking, for Kristen, who speaks on a diversity of topics, is when she opens up the floor to the audience and gets to hear how members respond to whatever subject she is teaching. (The best part of teaching dance is getting a hundred people to shake their butts.)
Kristen is the founder of both Uplift Press and Little Pig Productions. Uplift Press has “rescued” several crucial books from obscurity and brought forth others into higher platforms. Little Pig Productions, began as a joke with her creative husband based on his famous cartoon pig, evolved into a personal blog about their family life, and is now an outlet for art stuff.
Kristen is serving or has served on the boards of Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School, Friends of Sequoia School, Bret Harte PTSA, Oakland Tech PTSA, California Writers Club, The Heart of the Muse, Child-Friendly Initiative, and Oakland Parents Together. She just plain likes to Make Shit Happen.