Chris Kinniburgh

Normandale Alumnus Chris Kinniburgh

Chris Kinniburgh has always had the attitude of being open to new things. It was a mindset instilled in him by his parents as he was growing up. During that time, Kinniburgh's family moved around to Canada, England, Minnesota, Greece and back to Minnesota. When his family moved to Greece, Kinniburgh felt inspired to write, so much so that he did it in Greek (not his native language).

When he arrived at Normandale, Kinniburgh had planned on being an English or Physics major. However, once he took Kris Bigalk's Intro to Creative Writing, he changed his mind.


“Kris was able to motivate me to achieve something cool,” said Kinniburgh. “She built up my confidence, which really helped my writing.”

Kinniburgh received the Patsy Lea Core Award for his poetry in 2010. After Normandale, he moved on to the Creative Writing program at Hamline University. Though at Hamline, he continued to make contributions to Normandale through an internship in which he helped transition the Paper Lantern from print to an online format.

After finishing his bachelor's at Hamline, Kinniburgh is now attending the William Mitchell College of Law. He is thankful for how much his Creative Writing background helps his legal writing, and also credits his Normandale instructors for helping him stay on track, despite some early challenges.