Kate Lebo is a poet, food writer, and teacher from the Pacific Northwest. She's the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press, 2013) and Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter (Sasquatch Books, forthcoming fall 2014).
Kate Lebo’s first cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter, will be out on September 30, 2014 from Sasquatch Books. She is also the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press 2013) and The Pie Lady’s Manifesto, a zine republished by The Rumpus in 2014. Her poems, essays, commentary, and recipes have appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, AGNI, The Washington Post, City Arts Magazine, 94.9 KUOW, Poetry Northwest and other places. She teaches poetry and food writing workshops around the nation, including Richard Hugo House in Seattle and the LongHouse Food Scholars Program in Rensselaerville, NY. A graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, she’s the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship, the Joan Grayston Poetry Prize, and a grant from 4Culture.
Kate has judged the Iowa State Fair Pie Contest, baked at the American Gothic House, and won Best in Show at the first annual Cake vs. Pie Competition. At Pie Stand she taps into the social magic of pie to create conversations across communities and give people a taste of her original baked creations.
A devotee of book art, she’s an editor for the handmade literary journal Filter and has a long history of zine-making. Her video installation for Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Bliss, asks viewers to eat a book and read their food.
Kate was raised in the Pacific Northwest by Iowans. She’s lived on the wet half of Washington State almost all her life and currently resides near Portland, Oregon. She has ambivalent feelings about pie a la mode. She adores rhubarb.