BOOKS & Publications
Kath writes novels, essays, and academic papers and chapters. Information and excerpts are below.
WIDER THAN THE SKY
WIDER THAN THE SKY will debut from Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen September 8, 2020. The novel follows the dual stories of twin sisters, coping with the aftermath of their father's sudden death. When their mother moves them to a ramshackle mansion in California, the twins discover that both parents were hiding secrets about their sexual identities. The deal was brokered by Rena Rossner at The Deborah Harris Agency, for USCPOM rights.
FEATHER & ASH
A modernization of Swan Lake in the world of human trafficking, FEATHER & ASH follows the dual narratives of Anna and Freddy as their lives take a collision course toward love, and tragedy. Set in New York City in the underworld of trafficking and in the brightly lit ballet studios of a major ballet company, this book explores what it takes to survive and to find love out of the ashes of a broken past.
Excerpt: "walking down Irving Street has begun to remind me of the Champs de Elysees in summer. But some neighbors aren’t crazy about this change. Evidently, a small child playing a tuneless Twinkle Twinkle Little Star woke 7th Avenue neighbors some Saturdays back. And others in the neighborhood say it’s too bad we have more vagrants..."
Excerpt: "It didn’t seem so weird at first: Starbucks inside Safeway. It’s coffee as you shop. It’s just one step further than a pre-grocery-shopping stop at the bank for cash or at Kodak for photos. But something was missing..."
Before writing novels, Kath wrote for the radio, newspapers, and magazines. Below are excerpts and links to a few pieces.
WHERE THE SKY COMES FROM
Nea's been in the foster system long enough to know that she's really screwed up if her social worker had to separate her from her siblings. If only she could remember what happened the night that went down. But when she's enrolled in a new school with a Life Skills class just for foster kids and an art class that reminds her of who she was before she became the glue keeping her siblings together, she has a chance to find herself. But when a clandestine meeting with her sister reveals family secrets, Nea is thrown back into the world she realizes she barely escaped. She must decide what--or who--she's willing to sacrifice to get her family back together again. WHERE THE SKY COMES FROM is Girl, Interrupted meets Sex & Violence in the heartbreaking world of foster care.
Kath is a doctoral candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of PA. Many of my publications are academic. Below are examples of my academic work.
TEACHING INQUIRY IN FYC FOR RESEARCH SKILLS TRANSFER: CHAPTER 7, PURDUE UNIVERSITY INFORMATION LITERACY HANDBOOK
Excerpt: "There may be an ongoing argument as to what the role of FYC is (Fulkerson, 2005), but most FYC courses prepare students to be researchers in their disciplines. The first step in becoming a researcher is to develop the curiosity and inquiry skills needed to begin discovery. Although all of the above issues deserve to be addressed, instruction that directly supports the ACRL Framework Research as Inquiry frame is highly suited to already existing classroom practices in FYC. Including inquiry as a learning outcome in FYC may have the power to alter students’ Google-dependent research methods, to form foundational inquiry behaviors, and to transfer those positive research practices to discipline-specific courses and the workplace."
Abstract: This article offers a theoretically based solution to faculty hesitation to engage in difficult dialogs on a campus in crisis. Using the constructs of Ratcliffe’s language of rhetorical listening through the lens of Freire’s interactive educational framework from the stance of second-wave whiteness studies, this paper argues that instructors can engage in ethical discourse in situations of campus crisis such as vandalism, campus hate crime, instances of micro-aggressions, national tragedy, or other traumatic events. Drawing on a history of social justice in the classroom, the importance of listening, the necessity of reflection on whiteness, the self, and social inequity and immersive forms of social justice this article explores the theoretical constructs of rhetorical listening as a framework to create a safe space for students to voice their concerns in moments of unexpected upheaval.
Excerpt: "Because students are in a daily state of information intake and moment-to-moment decisions about the quality of information they ingest through a variety of uncontrolled sources, information literacy is more important than ever. And yet, it’s also one of the hardest modules with which to engage students—because they believe they’re already adequately information literate (Kovalik 2013). As many students believe they’re already fluent in information literacy, in an attempt to overcome their reluctance I employ John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight as a model for and assessment of IL. Segments from the half-hour news show can open pathways to engage students in personal reflection and in a dialogue they might otherwise find irrelevant."