Kristy Burmeister

Memoir and poetry

Author of Act Normal: Memoir of a Stumbling Block and Apologies: A Somewhat Interactive Poetry Experiment

In the summer of 1999, eighteen-year-old Kristy's life is upended by a stalker who sits three pews behind her every Sunday morning. At first, she tries to ignore him, but when he breaks into her bedroom, she realizes she can't stay silent any longer. When Kristy turns to her church family for help, she finds herself dismissed by a fundamentalist council more interested in preserving their rigid beliefs than in protecting her. As her stalker's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and threatening, Kristy is faced with a heart-wrenching choice between her life and her faith.

"Poignant, funny, and desperately real."

"...razor-sharp humor and compelling narrative..."

Without shying away from the humorous or horrific, this poetry collection focuses on purity culture, sexualized violence, religious trauma, PTSD, guilt, and how complicated our relationships with God, Christians, and ourselves can be after we've witnessed the abuse and toxicity thriving in so much of Christianity.

"Kristy is a force of nature."

"There's nothing like it out there..."

About Kristy

Kristy Burmeister probably exists, but since so few people have actually seen her, anything’s possible.

While originally from the south, Kristy moved to Michigan in 2001. When she’s not writing, she spends her time painting, gardening, doing genealogical research, and introducing her kids to the best of 90s pop culture.

Kristy has published one collection of poetry and one memoir. She’s currently writing a fantasy series.

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