Hi, I’m Kathy, an essayist and visual artist, who has lived with my wife Sara, an international aid worker, in both Vietnam and Haiti. We currently call Cuenca, Ecuador home.
In Ecuador, Sara and I were both nominated recently for the “Governor’s Humanitarian Award” and co-founded a center called idiomART Studio, which serves authors and artists in the city. Our studio was named “The Best Community Center in Cuenca” for 2018.
My writing explores the “event horizons” I’ve lived. It documents my encounters on the edge: living in underdeveloped countries; living with the challenges of bipolar disorder (an illness I was diagnosed with more than 20 years ago); and living as a child in an organized crime family—in a home that was repeated raided by the FBI. Even the visual art I create straddles a virtual divide, where trash becomes craft and junk becomes joy.
I’ve taught in the writing program at the University of Kentucky, where I founded a service-learning program called Writers without Borders and won the “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2009.
Most recently I’ve been writing a memoir whose working title is Kids Make the Best Bookies.