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, Catapult, The Rumpus, and Poetry Northwest, among other places.
In fall 2017, Sasquatch Books released 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. Her first collection of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming in 2019 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Picador.
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. 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 the lost art of 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 she sometimes writes for the Spokesman-Review’s food section and serves as Past President of the Board of Spark Central, a non-profit creative space for all ages.