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Kate Gale
Dr. Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

She serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. She is author of five books of poetry and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.

Her current projects include a creative non-fiction book Flight of the Ugly Duckling, a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto based on The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle, based on Dr. Kinsey’s life with composer Daniel Felsenfeld.

Entries by Kate Gale


(120) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 7:01 PM

Update (8/26/15):

I apologize for this post and the hurt it caused. Red Hen Press values inclusiveness and diversity in publishing. Our Mission: "Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and...

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Measure Your Health by Numbers, But the Right Numbers

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 8:58 AM

"I'm amazingly healthy," the woman said beaming as she lowered herself onto the couch. My friend is an acupuncturist and she stared at the large woman. My Kaiser doctor told me!" she continued. "My numbers are perfect."

I smiled at this story. My mother-in-law, also a good hundred pounds...

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Catapults v. Curtains -- Girl Books and Boy Books

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 2:00 AM

Before my husband and I left for a writing vacation in Spain, we had dinner with Ron Carlson and went over our summer reading lists. We discussed Lila by Marilyn Robinson, but I couldn't imagine either man reading it. My friend Jim Tilley, sure, but Jim's an animal, he'll read...

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Who Cares About Your Life? The Overabundance of Memoirs

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 5:33 PM

"Europeans don't buy memoirs," I was told on my first trip to Frankfurt and reminded on every subsequent trip to Frankfurt and London book fairs. I asked why and got a series of answers none of which added up. "We're narcissists too," one French publisher told me, "Just not as...

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A vida antes do email e das redes sociais

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Existia vida antes do e-mail e do Facebook? Sim, existia. Meu primeiro verão na Califórnia foi o verão de 1988. Tinha acabado de começar meu mestrado, e minha longa lista de leituras incluía Clarissa, de Samuel Richardson. Com quase 1 milhão de palavras, é um dos romances mais compridos do...

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Call Me Frodo

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:19 PM

One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

"I could have been a contender." Neruda wanted the Nobel Prize. Mother Teresa wanted to be canonized. Simba wanted to be the next Lion King. What...

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Being a Writer: My Identity Does Not Come From Meeting Angela Merkel

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:16 PM

We all construct an identity and some of that comes from stories. Who did you read when you were coming up? There are writers you read because you had to, but you after that, you moved on. For me that was most of the Beats. When someone says they adore...

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Who Are We If We Forgive? Who Are We If We Don't?

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:11 AM

I have a friend who was attacked as a child and her attacker went to jail but he's due to get out. She has to walk back into the dark and remember that girl, that child, that man. Who was she? Who is she?

We all, who are asked...

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Do You Need a Literary Champion?

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 7:09 PM

The answer is yes. You may be David ready to fight Goliath or take on the world, but it would be helpful to have, say, Brad Pitt to fight for you. Remember that opening scene in Troy where he jumped up and stabbed the big guy and then turned around...

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Should MFA Programs Be Ranked?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Do you remember the scene in The Fisher King when Robin Williams, totally smitten with the Amanda Plummer character, begins singing, "Lydia, oh Lydia, Lydia the tattooed lady," and you think, "Good luck with that one"? Lydia can't eat with chopsticks and seems completely lost in her world. She even...

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Life Before Email and Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Was there life before email and Facebook? Yes, there was. My first summer in California was the summer of 1988. I had just started graduate school, and I had a long reading list that included Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. At nearly a million words, it's one of the world's longest...

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Do Book Covers Matter? Do Fancy Panties Matter?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Yes they do. Fancy panties are a signal that you got your game on in a way that long underwear or frowzy cotton drawers are a signal that says to your randy spouse on nights you just want some sleep, "Buyer beware." Panties tell a story as do book covers...

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring Consultants

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:13 PM

At some point in the life of your organization, it will be suggested that you hire a consultant. Your board will be divided into the people who feel you need help -- and maybe someone from the outside is a good idea -- and the people who are against it....

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Arts Management Mentoring

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 7:06 PM

Arts management mentorships are tricky. The exchange around corporate mentoring is clearer than in the world of non profits because there is money being made. In the arts world, art is being made, ideas exchanged, and our culture doesn't put as much value on that. So, you want advice from...

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Don't You Hate Men? Now Don't You? Aren't They Just Too Stupid for Words?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 8:47 PM

Why is it okay for women to talk smack about men, but it is considered vile and sexist for men to talk smack about women? If a man says to you, "I just want to slap the bitch," you assume he's a wife-beating idiot. But if a woman says, "Sometimes...

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How to Find a Book in the Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:03 PM

When I went to school at ASU, finding books wasn't difficult. I went to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona. I rode there on my bike, spent a few hours and then rode home with a backpack full of books. When I moved to Los Angeles, I found books at...

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The Supremacy of Children

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 1:00 AM

"One of those no-neck monsters hit me with some ice cream. Their fat little heads sit on their fat little bodies without a bit of connection... You can't wring their necks if they got no necks to wring. Isn't that right, honey?... Think of it, they've got five monsters and...

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When Is It Okay for Me to Call You a Nazi?

(26) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:56 PM

If you boss around your man, you're a femi-Nazi, if you're adamant about being a vegan, you're a righteous Nazi vegan. If you're in favor of any law that takes away our right to bear arms, you are definitely some kind of Nazi. In fact, if you are very adamant...

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Americans Are Like Sheep on Vacation

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 10:18 PM

I'm here in Ireland watching the sheep, and they strike me as being a lot like Americans on vacation. The Leenane Hotel does a good business serving bus loads of tour people who stop there as they are driven through Ireland. They are taken from place to place where they...

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I Don't Want to Grow up

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 7:00 PM


America is the land where we can always start over again. You're an alcoholic loser? Go to AA, clean up and become the CFO of a large company. Owe thousands to the IRS? We'll help you pay that off in a jiffy and you can still keep your house....

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