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Kate Gale
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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:11 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 | 6:09 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?

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 3:00 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 | 2:20 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 | 10:09 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 | 2:13 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 | 6:06 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 | 7:47 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 | 4:03 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:56 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 | 9:18 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 | 6:00 PM

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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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Follow the Money Trail to Oz

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:38 PM

In America, hundreds of thousands of people have given to charity. We give to religious charities, to children in foreign countries, to cure cancer, to restore clock towers, to parks and zoos, libraries and hospitals. Amazingly, considering the weakness of the economy, we give money away not only to assist...

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The Word More Parents Need to Say

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:38 PM

We've all the experience of being in public and watching a child acting out unchecked. You see kids screaming in public places for whatever it is they want, their ego demanding that it be served now. Many of these kids are used to being given whatever they want. You want...

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Can Gamers Save the World?

(9) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 5:39 PM

According to Jane McGonigal a game designer, what the world needs is more gamers.

She believes solving the world's problems requires increasing the number of hours of gaming from three billion hours a week globally to 21 billion hours. She says the only way we are going to survive...

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I Don't Want a Man, Give Me a Prince

(47) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Cave women went for the big, hairy-fisted cave man. His hair wasn't limited to his fists; it grew on his back and curled out of his nose and ears. His feet were thick. His toes were ugly and he walked funny.

Later women went for men who continued to...

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Show Me the Money: Top Twelve Organizations Getting Money From the Feds

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:10 PM

You want more funding for your organization, so you've decided to apply big. Yes, you've decided to apply to the federal government for money. You know that if you get any money from the feds it will probably be a tiny fraction of your budget, think $5,000-10,000, and that the...

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Thanks for the College Education, Dad! Now Can You Buy Me a Beer?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Thanks for the college education, Dad! Now can you buy me a beer?

My husband and I can brag to our kids that we were homeless as teenagers, that we've had to sleep in our cars, that our parents just let us figure out survival skills while they went off...

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I Grew Up a Prepper

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Preppers, are they normal?

I grew up in a prepper community. We had huge stockpiles of food, honey, and firewood. We raised our own food, slaughtered our own animals; we had hunting rifles. We were cut off from the outside world. Although we had electricity, we could live without it....

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