Behind the Brilliance 126: Kristi Coulter




Kristi and I had such a good conversation that lasted about 2 hours. We talked about her essay “Enjoli”,why you’re never too old to start over, and much more.

Kristi is a writer and soon-to-be author who penned the (popular and somewhat controversial) essay “Enjoli” on Medium last summer. The response opened a floodgate of reactions from people discussing alcohol consumption, being sober, and how the choice plays into other aspects of life.

After reading the essay earlier this year, I was struck by both Kristi’s writing style and her observations about alcohol and what it’s done to us culturally.

Even if you don’t “think” you have an alcohol problem, this episode is a good reflection on anything we consider to be a detriment or vice to well-being. I’ve thought deeply about it as it applies to a variety of areas of my life. Maybe you will too.

Say hi to Kristi and let her know what you thought about our chat: @kristiccoulter



Kristi Coulter | Writer + Author, Nothing Good Can Come From This

kristicKristi Coulter has been alive forever, and she wrote the very first songs. Well, no. But she has been alive for a while, and she does write essays and fiction. Her book of essays, Nothing Good Can Come From This, will be published in 2018 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her novel-in-progress, The Third Party, is a love triangle about brothers, college towns, and small-batch gin.

Kristi’s work has appeared in The Awl, Marie Claire, Vox, Quartz, The Mississippi Review, Salon magazine’s Virgin Fiction anthology, and elsewhereShe received an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award, the Roy Cowden Memorial Fellowship, and the Stephen Farrar Fellowship. She is a former Ragdale Foundation resident and recipient of a grant from the National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).

Kristi has worked in the past as a college writing and literature instructor and as a director of the cult website All Music Guide. She is currently Principal Writer for a major Seattle tech company and lives in Seattle with her husband John and golden retrievers Linus and Ella, who want to make sure you know they love you.

TOPICS COVERED (partial list)

-how and why Kristi decided to stop drinking

-observations about alcohol in modern culture

-Lisa’s tales from dry months and how they affected my friendships

-why it’s never too late to start over

-Kristi’s forthcoming book and her thoughts on the creative process

-and much more

STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (clickable links below)



Kristi’s website

Kristi on Twitter 


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  • “Just because you have the right to do something.. it doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea.” Love this!! I listen to your show early in the morning (4:30 a.m.) when my house is quiet. Everyone is asleep and I have the opportunity to savor in the “gems” that you and your guest drop. I’m probably not your typical listener. I’m the 51 year old wife, mom, fitness enthusiast and soon to be entrepreneur who wish you were around when I was younger. I am inspired by show. Thank you and keep up the great job.

    • Aaaaah, Alexa! Thank you so much for your comment. Ya know, I’ve come to realize that BTB listeners span a wide range of ages. I think the oldest listener is in her 70s and the youngest is in high school.

      Keep climbing – love to see women (at *any* age) launching new things and conquering new territory.