Kristen Caven

A Liberal Artist with a Generous Muse

Available for keynotes, workshops and playshops, special events.

Interactive presentations that illuminate, inspire, enlighten, and amuse.

Topics: positive parenting, wellness & flourishing, creativity, happiness.

Kristen is an experienced performer, director, and educator who enjoys lifting emotions, ideas, and vitality through her books and presentations. Contact Kristen here.

Now booking: “SHOE SALONS!”

Unique author readings in homes, bookstores, libraries and shoe stores that include readings of The Souls of Her Feet… and audience interviews about their own shoe stories. Where did those shoes take you?


The Fountain of You for Wellness Week at The Bellevue Club, January 2018


Attend & Acheive Rally – back to school but not back to bullying, August 2017, Frank Ogawa Plaza.

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Mills Strike Reunion, 2010, 2015  – Presenting cartoons from Inside the Mills Revolution, 1990


The Zorgos Awards, honoring local heroes who are the antidote to bullying, highlighting prevention concepts that work. October 15, 2017


La Dolce Vita Convivium, an exploration of the sweet and savory sides of life in concert with jazz singer Sara Klotz de Aguilar and opera singer Alexandra Alise. August 9, 2017


Invocation—a poetry accompaniment to a classical music performance, including a lecture about the psychology and spiritual landscape of climate change.

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making a new Liszt (in concert with Dan Finnamore)

The Souls of Her Feet SHOE SALONS™ – readings from The Souls of Her Feet songs from the musical, champagne and chocolate….featuring YOUR FRIENDS and their favorite shoes in a Souls of Her Feet SHOE AND TELL™!

Joaquin Miller (went Walkin’)—a song about the Oakland Hills


As a Zumba instructor, Kristen can enthuse and engage large crowds.


For Parents:

  • Bully Prevention through Positive Parenting (2 hrs)
  • The Meaning of Zorgos (45 min.)
  • Raising an Upstander (30 min.)
  • The Power of Zorgos (30 min.)
  • Hosting  The Zorgos Project — helping parents set up reading groups to solve problems created by bullying dynamics. Based on book, The Bullying Antidote.

For Creatives

The Flourishing Artist— positive psychology skills for creatives taught through a six-week creative growth program.




90-minute Dance workouts on a theme; burn 1000 calories with education and self-expression! “Ten Decades of Dance” | “Around the World in 80 Minutes” | “I Am Woman” | Devil’s Music” | “Salute to America” | “Black Music Matters” | “Vamp Camp”

Most-requested songs: My Shot” | “No” | “I Am Woman



Momedy Hour – creator and host of a comedy open mic for anyone who is or has a mother.


Poems, stories, and book excerpts for community, literary arts events and fundraisers. See listing here.


Ask Kristen to Emcee, Hostess, create Programming, or make a Special Guest appearance.

Other Presentations:

  • Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 8.15.32 AMMy Homemade Hybrid presentations for new drivers about the 10-second rule of fuel conservation, and kicking the idling habit. (As seen at the YES Conference 2017.)
  • Classroom readings of Little Pig’s Busy Day  an interactive storytelling & sequencing lesson for k-2 classes that the kids love! See article.
  • Bitches to Witches Releasing conflict, embracing power.
  • Deconstructing the Deco Diet — a lecture about  women’s history through the lens of vintage cookbooks (As seen at Miami Beach, San Francisco Art Deco Societies); includes dramatic recipe readings by participants.
  • Anything related to her books and writing.

“Kristen was a wonderful speaker, full of genuine smiles and a nice sense of humor about life” — Wendy Bartlett

“Humorously honest and honestly humorous.” —Laura Nicodemus

Contact Kristen