Author Profile:   Kristen Radtke is a writer and illustrator.

Name: Kristen Radtke


2017 - Imagine Wanting Only This( (graphic memoir – nonfiction work published in April 2017 by Pantheon Books. The book was described as ‘a breathtaking mix of illustration and prose’ by The Atlantic.

Background: Kristen Radtke was born on 25th June 987 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. She is 32 years of age. She completed her education at the University of Iowa. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.

Kristen Radtke is based in Brooklyn, New York. Kristen Radtke works as deputy publisher and director of The Believer magazine. Before this she worked as video and film editor of TriQuarterly magazine and managing director of Sarabande Books.

Genre: Imagine Wanting Only This is one of Kristen Radtke’s finest and gorgeous graphic memoire about confronting grief about love and loss. Coming to terms with loss triggers her journey throughout the world searching for ruined places, deserted places in an Iceland town buried in ashes of the volcano, the deserted cities in the American Midwest, New York City, islands in the Philippines and delicate corridors of the human heart.

Literary Contributions: The Los Angeles Times named her ‘A Face to Watch’ in 2017. Kristen Radtke’s forthcoming books include Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness (2021) for which she has been awarded the 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. Her graphic novel, ‘Terrible Men’ is also from Pantheon.

Her comics and writing have appeared in a number of publications like The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Virginia Quarterly Review, Marie Claire, GQ, The New Yorker, Oxford American, The Atlantic, the New Yorker and many other places.

Unique Stylistic Features: Kristen Radtke’s book ‘Imagine Wanting Only This’ starts with her uncle Dan’s sudden death when she was in college.  He suffered from a hereditary heart condition which could even affect and take away her life. Under these circumstances, her life moves on, backpacking, taking in love, experiencing loneliness and ruin after ruin. Some of the finest drawings and fascinating anecdotes fill her memoir which features abandoned cities, herds of sheep and bus-borne squabbles. This thirty year old editor and illustrator’s memoir ends at New York, where she resides currently. Her passionate and intelligent work fills one with wonder about where next she would go.