Hello. I'm Kate.

Photo by Liz Vidyarthi

Photo by Liz Vidyarthi

I love stories, real and imagined. Over the years, I've written plays, essays, and articles about education, relationships, race, road trips, and more...featuring cab drivers, homeless women, grandmothers, teenagers, and others. You can read some of those things here. My first novel for young adults, RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux on 11/24/15. (Dream. Come. True.) I've also taught theatre and worked with students with special educational needs in New York and London. 

I received my BA in American Studies from Yale University in 2003. In 2008, I went across the pond to Oxford, where I was extremely fortunate to be awarded a Weidenfeld Scholarship, make some amazing friends from all over the world, and get a master's degree in social anthropology. After some years in Manhattan, Queens, northwest London and an English country village, I returned to Cambridge, MA, where I was born and raised.

Here I am reading in French. It should be noted that I could not then, nor can I currently, speak a word of French.

Here I am reading in French. It should be noted that I could not then, nor can I currently, speak a word of French.

Some random, interesting (?) facts:

  • I love trains. I really, really love trains.
  • My name's not short for anything...I'm just plain Kate. 
  • My niece and nephews call me "Dot," coined by my oldest nephew when he learned to talk. He's in college now. The name works, because I love all things polka dotted.
  • Three of my four front teeth are fake. (You should see the other guy.)
  • My first word was "book." And so it began...