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 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, Blood Orange Review, AGNI, High Desert Journal, Catapult, The Rumpus, and Poetry Northwest, among other places.
In fall 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze, an anthology co-edited with Sam Ligon and based on their popular Pie & Whiskey reading series. Also this fall, Dancing Girl Press will release From a Tree, a chapbook of erasures from Wikipedia entries for fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Her new book of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
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, grants from Artist Trust and 4Culture, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Soapstone, and Shotpouch Creek.
Kate was raised in Vancouver, Washington, and lived in Seattle for many years. She now lives in Spokane, where she writes for the Spokesman-Review’s food section and serves as President of the Board of Spark Central, a non-profit creative space for all ages.