Kristine Conlon is a Muscatine native. She received her BA in English from the University of Iowa and her MA in German from the University of Northern Iowa. She taught both subjects in the Muscatine school system for many years. In 1988 she was the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship and in 1998 of an American Association of Teachers of German/ Goethe Institute award . She is married to Walter Conlon and the mother of two sons.