Kate Lebo’s newest books are the chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Entre Rios Books) and the anthology Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze (Sasquatch Books), which she edited with Samuel Ligon. Her essay about listening through hearing loss, “The Loudproof Room,” originally published in New England Review, was anthologized in Best American Essays. Her first collection of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming in 2019 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in 2020 from Picador.
Other books include the cookbook Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter (Sasquatch Books) and the poetry/ephemera/recipe collection A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, Ghosts of Seattle Past, Best New Poets, Gettysburg Review, Willow Springs, Moss, Catapult, and Poetry Northwest, among other places.
A graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program and Western Washington University, she’s the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship and a Joan Grayston Poetry Prize, and grants from Artist Trust and 4Culture. In the summer of 2018, the Washington Center for Cultural Traditions chose Kate and Lora Lea Misterly of Quillisascut Farm to participate in the first year of their Arts Heritage Apprenticeship program. Kate will spend the year learning traditional farmhouse cheesemaking and transcribing Lora Lea’s lessons to preserve them for the next generation.
Kate was raised in Vancouver, Washington, and lived in Seattle for many years. She now lives in Spokane, where serves as Past President of the Board of Spark Central, a non-profit creative space for all ages.