photo by Christopher Cerf
August 26, 1955|
Castro Valley, California
|Genre||Novels, short stories, non-fiction, children’s literature|
Katherine Vaz (born August 26, 1955) is an American writer. A Briggs-Copeland Fellow in Fiction at Harvard University (2003-9), a 2006-7 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Fall, 2012 Harman Fellow at Baruch College in New York, she is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Saudade (St. Martin’s Press, 1994), the first contemporary novel about Portuguese-Americans from a major New York publisher. It was optioned by Marlee Matlin/Solo One Productions and selected in the Barnes & Nobles Discover Great New Writers series.
Vaz's first short story collection Fado & Other Stories received the 1997 Drue Heinz Literature Prize  and her second collection, Our Lady of the Artichokes, won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize.
Vaz is a recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993)  and the Davis Humanities Institute Fellowship (1999). She has been named by the Luso-Americano as one of the Top 50 Luso-Americanos of the twentieth century  and is the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded for the Library of Congress, housed in the Hispanic Division. The Portuguese-American Women’s Association (PAWA) named her 2003 Woman of the Year. She was appointed to the six-person U.S. Presidential Delegation to open the American Pavilion at the World’s Fair/Expo 98 in Lisbon. She lives in New York City and the Springs area of East Hampton with Christopher Cerf, whom she married in July, 2015.
- 1997: Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Fado & Other Stories 
- 2007: Prairie Schooner Book Prize, "" 
- Saudade (St. Martin’s Press, June 1994)
- Mariana (HarperCollins/Flamingo, 1997)
- Fado & Other Stories (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997)
- Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2008);
- “Songs of the Soul, Songs of the Night,” The New York Times, Sophisticated Traveler Magazine, September 18, 1994
- Signatures of Grace (Dutton, 2000). Essay on Baptism. (In conjunction with Mary Gordon, Andre Dubus, Patricia Hampl, Ron Hansen, Paula Huston, Paul Mariani).
- “Carving the Fruitstones,” for anthology about short fiction, 2004, Greenwood Publications.
- “This Howling,” essay on the Azores/introduction to novel by João de Melo (My World Is Not of This Kingdom, translated from Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa), Aliform Press, 2003.
- “The Kingdom of Melting Glances” short story in A Wolf at the Door (Simon & Schuster, 2000, in fourth printing)
- “A World Painted by Birds” in Green Man anthology (Viking, 2002)
- “My Swan Sister,” title story in Swan Sister and Other Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
- “Your Garnet Eyes,”in anthology Faery Reel, (Viking, 2004)
- “Chamber Music for Animals,” in Coyote Road anthology (Viking, 2006)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
- ["Katherine Vaz and Christopher Cerf: Kermit Will Attend," The New York Times, July 10, 2015 https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/fashion/weddings/katherine-vaz-and-christopher-cerf-kermit-will-attend.html]
- "Within the Lighted City". Women's Review of Books. 1998-03-01.
Katherine Vaz achieves this broader scope in Fado and Other Stories, a first collection that won the 1997 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.