Kirsten Jones Neff is a writer, filmmaker, Gardening teacher and poet who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

A graduate of Stanford University, she also holds a Masters degree in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley.  She has worked professionally as a journalist, travel writer, blogger, and documentary filmmaker.  Her film credits include several PBS-aired and award-winning documentaries, such as Absolutely Positive, A Job At Ford’s (hour one of WGBH’s The Great Depression series), Black Is…Black Ain’t, An American Nile (hour one of the Cadillac Desert series), Skin Deep and the accompanying curriculum guide Talking About Race (an Iris Films production) and other award-winning films.  Ms. Neff chronicled her family’s two-month stay in Chennai, India as the first featured blogger on, and blogs about local food, gardening and farming at She is a features writer for Edible Marin and Wine Country magazine.

Ms. Neff is a member of the Board at the Marin School of The Arts and she works as a Garden Coordinator and Teacher at the Novato Charter School (read more about the NCS garden and Kirsten's approach to teaching).

Her debut collection of poetry, When The House Is Quiet, won the 2009 Starting Gate Prize from Finishing Line Press.  Three of her poems have received a Pushcart nomination, and she has also been nominated for the Northern California Book Award.  She is a co-founder of Poetry Farm, a monthly reading series in her hometown, and writes and edits the Marin Poetry Center newsletter.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals, periodicals and anthologies, including Quiddity Literary Journal, Stanford Magazine, Spoon River Review, Spillway, LiteraryMama, RiversEdge, Sanskrit Magazine, When The Muse Calls: Poems for The Creative Life, The Believer,, Writer’s Advice, The Poetry Farmer’s Almanac, Ode Exchange, 34th Parallel, and The Marin Poetry Center Anthology. She lives with her husband and three children in a small rural corner of Marin County, California.


Read Rose Black's interview of Kirsten in the March edition of the Marin Poetry Center Newsletter.

Read a profile of Kirsten in Marinscope newspapers.