Film director and writer Kristīne Želve was born in 1970. She studied film directing and cultural management at the Academy of Culture of Latvia. She has made several documentary films and video works. She is contributor to various Latvian media outlets and also hosted a culture broadcast on Latvian Public Television. Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled The Girl Who Cut My Hair (Meitene, Kas Nogrieza Man Matus) was published in 2011. The author was awarded the Annual Prize for Literature for Best Debut and the Annual Prize for Culture of the daily newspaper Diena. In 2021 her historical novel
The Grosvalds (Grosvaldi), which focuses on an important family in the history of Latvia and their life for almost a hundred years, was published. Her short stories have been translated in English, German, Croatian, Estonian.
Meitene, Kas Nogrieza Man Matus [The Girl Who Cut My Hair]. Riga: Mansards, 2011.
Grosvaldi [The Grosvalds]. Riga: Neputns, 2021.