"Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats"

Kristen Iversen

About the Program

Kristen Iversen recounts her childhood in Arvada, Colorado, adjacent to the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility, which produced over 70,000 plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs.  Using elements of memoir writing and investigative journalism, the author examines the affect the plant had on the environment and what the U.S. government did not divulge to the local populace.  Ms. Iversen utilized EPA and FBI documents, interviews, and class-action testimony to better understand the operations at Rocky Flats, which ceased operation in 1992.  Kristen Iversen speaks at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

About the Authors

Kristen Iversen

Kristen Iversen is the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth.  She is the director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis.  For more information, visit

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"Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats"

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