Kathleen lives in Boston, Massachusetts and spends summers in a converted bait shack in Pemaquid, Maine. She writes nonfiction, often about culture, family and women's place in history.
She studied art history at Oberlin College and earned graduate degrees at Boston University (JD) and Bennington College (MFA).
Her work has appeared in multiple venues. You can find some under Writing, with art reviews collected under Looking. She also co-hosts a monthly literary salon known as Booklab, with updates under Reading.
updated: 9 months ago
- Thursday, September 27, 2018 Interview, Virginia PyeInterview with Virginia Pye, in GRIST Journal ... more»
- Sunday, May 13, 2018 Book Review, The EnsembleReview of The Ensemble , in Ploughshares online ... more»
- Friday, April 13, 2018 Book Review, The Art of the Wasted Day Review of The Art of the Wasted Day, in Ploughshares online ... more»
- Sunday, December 17, 2017 Interview, Laura van den BergInterview with Laura van den Berg, in the Los Angeles Review of Books ... more»
- Sunday, December 17, 2017 Afternoon in EdinburghAfternoon in Edinburgh, in The Ekphrastic Review ... more»
- Sunday, December 17, 2017 Road TripRoad Trip, in The Timberline Review ... more»
- Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Stephanie BurtStephanie Burt: Before tackling a subject, I think about whether George Eliot already did. She would have handled it in a profound way. ... more»
- Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Booklab Booklab is the Boston literary salon Kathleen co-hosts with a friend. Once a month they invite an author into one of their living rooms for reading and discussion of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Blurbs from Booklab authors are below. You are invited to join. Just fill out the contact form and we'll add you to the email list. ... more»
- Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Claire MessudClaire Messud tries to write in a porous way, so each reader can have her own experience and interpretation of the book. ... more»
- Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Sue MillerSue Miller: Dialogue is critical for getting to know someone. Whether in real life or in a novel, it reveals much about the person. ... more»
- Sunday, April 29, 2018 Annie HartnettElivs, the twelve year old narrator, was Annie Hartnett's key. Once she finds the voice, she just keeps going. ... more»
- Friday, March 16, 2018 Jessica KeenerWriting is an exploration of character. For Jessica Keener, it is also a process of self-discovery. ... more»
- Sunday, May 13, 2018 Photo shows in SowaThese two photography shows in the South End transport you far from the gritty hipsterism of SoWa Boston. Read more ... more»
- Friday, April 13, 2018 Celia PaulThis exhibition of paintings by Celia Paul is a small show, just six paintings in one gallery plus a seventh hung separately, augmented by a wall of other work that Paul considers to be like-minded. Read more ... more»
- Friday, December 15, 2017 MatisseIn her book Matisse Stories , A. S. Byatt uses paintings by Henri Matisse as stimulus for the volume’s tales. In one, an uppity painter on the verge of career failure lectures the cleaning lady about why she must not move objects in his studio. He has arranged them just so, he tells her, in order to see the cobalt blue candlestick against the buttercup yellow sauceboat. Read more ... more»
- Friday, December 15, 2017 BotticelliIf you go to the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, face the altar and look right, you will see St. Peter being crucified. A crowd of men watches but one, with long hair and a cheeky expression, turns to face the viewer. That’s the artist Sandro Botticelli. Read more ... more»
- Friday, December 15, 2017 William Merritt ChaseLegend has it that painter William Merritt Chase, while demonstrating technique to students, would wear an elegant suit — and never drip a spot of paint on his crisp white shirt. He could paint a picture of a fish with strokes so sure and quick he would return the catch to the market before it had become warm. Read more ... more»
- Friday, December 15, 2017 della Robbio sculptureThe Victorian art critic John Ruskin once said he disliked della Robbia sculpture: the bright colors were “vulgar.” Later, he changed his mind and proudly displayed one he had acquired. Bright colors were the point, of course, of the glazing technique developed by Luca della Robbia in Florence in 1430. Read more ... more»