Artist Profile

Minden, Nevada

Krista Lukas

Lukas, Krista

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.

Minden, NV 

Language Proficiencies
English, some Spanish
Counties Served
Preferred Groups/Populations
Grades K-12, college students adult, senior citizens, at-risk
Classrooms, theaters, libraries, community centers
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
“Readers may know a side of the immense pleasure written language can provide; writing lets us deepen that same pleasure by experiencing what it is to be on the giving end. I agree with author Andrea Barrett, who said, ‘It’s hard to explain how much one can love writing. If people knew how happy it can make you, we would all be writing all the time.’” "Whether you’ve never written for fun in your life or you’re a practicing writer who wants a boost, the community workshop is the place to go. All the participants need is a pen, paper, and a willingness to put words on the page. Using short works chosen to suit the audience, we’ll borrow the structure or theme of those works as a jumping-off point for writing something new. Everyone will go home with a draft, an idea, or—I hope—a bit of inspiration.”