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Portrait of Kristina Elyse Butke with flower frame from Meitu.

About Me

Kristina Elyse Butke reads, writes, and teaches, while occasionally indulging in cosplay and all things otaku.


She has a BA in English Literature from Capital University and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes fantasy (both NA and YA) and occasionally poetry, and her work has been published by ExFic, First Class Literary, and Synaeresis Magazine.

She’s been an English lecturer; she’s presented panels on writing fanfiction and speculative fiction at Ohayocon, Matsuricon, and Colossalcon; she’s written plays and musicals for Ohio State; and one of her latest projects included subtitle edits for Pied Piper Inc.’s release of the anime Skip Beat! Her most recent creative work was as an editor and contributor to the webzine Speculative Chic.

Kristina lives in Kumamoto prefecture in Japan, where she works as an assistant language teacher of English. When she isn’t working on all the things, she travels to shrines, hunts for Kumamon, and spends more money than she should at the JUMP shop.

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