Welcome to the website of writer, Kate Kasten.
THE DE-CONVERSION OF KIT LAMB, TEN SMALL BEDS, BETTER DAYS, and WILDWOOD: FAIRY TALES AND FABLES RE-IMAGINED can be purchased from amazon.com as a trade paperback or as a download to Kindle. They can also be purchased at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa and are available at the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty public libraries. (The De-conversion of Kit Lamb and Better Days are also available at the University of Iowa Main Library.)
Kate's short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Northwest Review, American Literary Review, The Madison Review, and the fiction anthologies Side Show and Paraspheres.
With playwright Sandra de Helen Kasten co-wrote THE CLUE IN THE OLD BIRDBATH a musical theatre spoof of the Nancy Drew mystery series. The play enjoyed long runs at Chicago's Stage Left theatre and Body Politic theatre, and has been produced around the country, notably at Portland Women's Theatre, and At the Foot of the Mountain theatre in Minneapolis.
YOUTUBE MONOLOGUES: boomeronachair
From her pretty comfortable chair, Kate muses on the shelf life of 60-year-old tattoos, the murkiness of the expression “at first blush,” the perceptible speech of a trash can lid, and other matters of pressing concern. https://www.youtube.com/user/boomeronachair
Click on the link to read about Better Days and Wildwood: fairy tales and fables re-imagined in The Daily Iowan newspaper, 3/6/14
Past readings and events:
April 2014: 2nd Annual Small Press and Self Published Authors' Event at Coralville Public Library, Coralville Iowa. Kate and other authors read briefly from their works, participated in a panel discussion and sold books. A film of this reading was made by Coralvision and is available on Youtube (Kate's reading from her novel Better Days begins at 13:30 and ends at 22:05); here is the link:
March 2014 Prairie Lights Books, reading from Better Days and Wildwood: fairy tales and fables re-imagined. To hear this reading, click on the link below:
November 2013: Press Coffee Co., Coralville, IA Wildwood: Fairy tales and fables re-imagined
July, 2013: First Christian Church (Iowa City) Book Club The De-Conversion of Kit Lamb
May 2013: Iowa City University Club Book Club The De-Conversion of Kit Lamb
March, 2013: Iowa City Unitarian Universalist Book Club Ten Small Beds
February, 2013: St. Paul Minn. Book Club Ten Small Beds
June, 2012: Grinnell College, Authors' Panel
April, 2012: St. Paul Minn. Book Club The De-Conversion of Kit Lamb
March 1st, 2012: Prairie LIghts Books, reading from Ten Small Beds, Iowa City, Iowa. To hear this reading, click on the link below:
September, 2011: Iowa City Unitarian Universalist Book Club The De-Conversion of Kit Lamb
July 17, 2011: Iowa City Book Festival, reading from the De-Conversion of Kit Lamb
April 20th, 2011: Prairie Lights Books, reading from The De-Conversion of Kit Lamb, Iowa City, Iowa. To hear this reading, click on the link below: