People We Love: Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer

Kate will be reading at the Sonora Review Release Party and Benefit @ The Poetry Center this Thursday night at 8 pm.  She will be joined by Ander Monson, Jane Miller, Brent Hendricks, and Tenney Nathanson.

Kate Bernheimer has published novels, stories, children’s books, creative nonfiction, and essays on fairy tales, and has edited three influential fairy-tale anthologies.  Her most recent book is Horse, Flower, Bird, “a collection readers won’t soon forget, one that redefines the fairy tale into something wholly original” (Booklist). Published by Coffee House Press, it includes illustrations by Rikki Ducornet.  Her trio of novels about three sisters—The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold, The Complete Tales of Merry Gold, and the forthcoming The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold—work together as one volume, exploring themes of sadness, anger, and bliss (all with FC2). Her first children’s book, The Girl in The Castle inside The Museum (Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books), was illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli and was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly. Forthcoming children’s books include The Lonely Book, currently being illustrated by Chris Sheban, and The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair (both Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books). She has published fiction and literary nonfiction in such journals as Tin House, Western Humanities Review, Poetry International, Puerto del Sol, and The Massachusetts Review.

As a fiction writer devoted to fairy tales, she has also undertaken to help preserve this literary tradition through essays and editorships. Her anthologies include My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, Mirror, Mirror on The Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales, and Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales. In 2005, she founded, and currently remains editor of, Fairy Tale Review, the leading literary journal dedicated to fairy tales as a contemporary art form.

Associate Professor of English and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Kate Bernheimer teaches a graduate fiction workshop and is in residence each spring in the Gaines House (previous Writers in Residence include Ernest Gaines and Rikki Ducornet). She spends the rest of the year living and writing in Tucson, Arizona.