Krista Lukas (formerly Krista Benjamin) was born in Truckee, California, and grew up at Lake Tahoe. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and did the coursework for her K-12 teaching credentials at Sierra Nevada College.
Lukas’s stories and poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2006, CreativeWriter’s Handbook, New Poets of the AmericanWest, and in literary journals including Margie and The Sun. Her awards include a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and a Robert Gorrell Award for Literary Achievement from the Sierra Arts Foundation. Lukas reads poetry for audiences at bookstores, schools, colleges, and cafes, most often at Comma Coffee for the Mile High Jazz Band’s Jazz and Poetry events. She teaches elementary school in Douglas County, Nevada.