About Kate

Kate Moses was born in the same San Francisco hospital where her mother and grandmother were born; her father, a British citizen, had been raised in Japan and Australia. She grew up in northern California, Philadelphia, the outskirts of Washington, D.C., and Alaska before returning to California to attend the University of the Pacific. Subsequently she worked as an editor at Berkeley’s acclaimed North Point Press and as literary director of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. In 1997 she teamed up with journalist Camille Peri to found Salon.com’s popular daily website Mothers Who Think, which in turn inspired the nationally bestselling, American Book Award-winning anthology Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Villard 1999, Washington Square Press 2000) and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves (HarperCollins 2005, 2006). In 2003, her first novel, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath (St. Martin’s Press, Anchor Books 2003) was published to international acclaim. Translated into fifteen languages, Wintering received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and a Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France. Her latest book is Cakewalk, A Memoir (The Dial Press, 2010), the result of a lifelong love of sugar and stories. Cakewalk was a finalist for the 2011 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Kate is a contributor to several anthologies, including Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave edited by Ellen Sussman, The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath edited Anita Plath Helle, The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors edited by Laura Miller, and Words Rising: An Anthology of American Food Writing edited by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa Goldthwaite. She has been a MacDowell Fellow, an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, the recipient of an Everett Helm Research Fellowship from the Lilly Library at Indiana University, and in 2012 received a Lannan Literary Fellowship. She lives with her family in San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco. She is currently at work on her second novel.

More about Kate at Barnes & Noble’s “Meet the Writers” site.