Kath wrote her first novels in tri-color ink on binder paper in Mr. Zedaker’s seventh grade biology classroom. If you’re curious, it was a teen camp romance—of course! And she kept writing from there.
She was accepted into UC Irvine’s undergraduate creative writing program, and studied with Michelle Latiolais and Geoffrey Wolff. At the end of her senior year, Geoff Wolff pulled her aside and told her “if you don’t continue writing, it will be a mistake. Go to grad school.” So she did. She attended St. Mary’s MFA program and studied with Lynn Freed, John Fleming, Rosemary Graham, and Lou Berney--all amazing teachers and award-winning writers.
Although Kath earned an MFA in Creative Writing in her early twenties, she didn’t start “seriously writing” until she realized the kind of writer that she is—a children’s book author. Her dear friend Jennifer Bertman of Book Scavenger fame sent her Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever and it changed her life. She knew THIS was the kind of book she wanted to write. So she did.
Now, Kath writes from her Bay Area home and teaches at Stanford University in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. In addition to holding an MFA, she holds a PhD in Composition and Applied Linguistics from IUP and is conducting a four0university research study on writing knowledge transfer. She publishes on feminist rhetorics, social justice in higher education, and writing knowledge transfer. She has been published by Purdue University Press and Curriculum & Pedagogy and has several forthcoming works in academia. For samples of those publications, click and scroll to the end.