Having grown up riding horses in Topanga Canyon, California, Kate wanted to return to the dusty trails and easy camaraderie she knew at the barn, but with a writers’ eye, considering the hierarchies and social complexities particular to 1990s L.A. The result is Kate’s debut novel, Kept Animals, a story of mothers and daughters, loss and betrayal, friends and lovers, and a tragic accident that forever changes the lives of three very different families.
In 2006, Kate earned her MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and her short stories have since appeared in Fiction, Zyzzyva, Santa Monica Review, and New Orleans Review, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, anthologized in the California Prose Directory, New Writing from the Golden State, and received runner-up for the Rick DeMarinis award as well as the Dana Award for the Novel. Kate has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Tin House Writer’s Workshop, and she has previously written for television. In 2013, Julie Orringer chose Kate’s collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming, for the Iowa Award and it was published by the University of Iowa Press.