She is the author of the forthcoming The Loneliest Girl from the University of New Mexico Press and of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014, and Echo Light from Red Mountain in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
She speaks on independent publishing around the US at schools like USC and Columbia and she speaks at Oxford University. Her opera in process is https://www.thewebopera.com/ and an opera on Che Guevara is in process with Cuban composer Armando Bayolo.
There are poets and writers who have a personal brand that they are building, and everything they do builds their brand. Kate doesn’t have a brand. Instead, she has a way of walking though the world. Her way of walking is with open hands and heart. She learns from her mistakes. She is open to the universe and every opportunity to be with other writers in community and in the mission of making literary work available as widely as possible. Kate has been building community since she moved to California in the late Eighties. Because Kate comes from poverty, most of her work goes unacknowledged, and that’s okay. Kate believes in opening doors, in hard work, in planting seeds that will grow for other writers, in diversity, in magic, in water, in light. Kate believes in the possibility that we can learn from our mistakes and do better. Every day is a gift. Every day that we can pick up the pen, write a poem, read a book, find ourselves in the world of story, we should accept with gratitude.