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 is the author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter (Sasquatch Books), and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essay about listening through hearing loss, “The Loudproof Room,” originally published in New England Review, was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015. Other poems, essays, commentary, and recipes have appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, AGNI, The Rumpus, Hobart, The Washington Post, and Poetry Northwest, among other places. She works with food writers privately to midwife their cookbook manuscripts, and she teaches creative writing at literary arts centers across the nation. 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 grants from Artist Trust and 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.
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 and now lives in Spokane, Washington. She has ambivalent feelings about pie a la mode. She adores rhubarb.