Kristin Hersh (born August 7, 1966) is an American singer/songwriter. She came to prominence in the late 1980s as the leader of the alternative rock group Throwing Muses before launching a solo career emphasizing her acoustic guitar. In 2003, she formed the hardcore punk-influenced power trio 50 Foot Wave.
Hersh has written a memoir, titled Rat Girl, which was published in the USA by Penguin Books on August 31, 2010 and is the co-founder of the non-profit, open-source software project for recording artists, CASH Music.
Born in Atlanta as Martha Kristin Hersh, she was raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She learned guitar at age nine from her father, and started writing songs soon after.