Kathleen Alcalá

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Kathleen Alcalá
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Born (1954-08-29) August 29, 1954 (age 64)

Kathleen Alcalá (born 29 August 1954) is the author of a short-story collection, three novels set in the American Southwest and nineteenth-century Mexico, and a collection of essays. She teaches creative writing at workshops and programs in Washington state and elsewhere, including Seattle University, the University of New Mexico and Richard Hugo House.


Alcalá is also a co-founder of and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles. A play based on her novel, Spirits of the Ordinary, was produced by The Miracle Theatre of Portland, Oregon. She served on the board of Richard Hugo House and the advisory boards of Con Tinta, Field’s End and the Centrum Writers Conference. She is the winner of several awards for her writing, including an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship in 2007.[1]

Alcalá resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington.[2][3]


  • Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist (Calyx Books)
  • Spirits of the Ordinary (Chronicle; Harvest Books)[4]
  • The Flower in the Skull (Chronicle; Harvest Books)[5]
  • Treasures in Heaven (Chronicle; Northwestern University Press)
  • The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing (University of Arizona Press)[6]
  • The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Charles de Lint, reviewing The Flower in the Skull, declared that "Alcalá is fast becoming one of my favourite writers," praising her work for the "richness [of her] characterization and settings."[8]


  1. ^ "2007 Fellowship Recipient Profiles". Artist Trust. Archived from the original on 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  2. ^ Alcalá and Buxton honored as Island Treasures Sunday at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island Review, March 12, 2010, retrieved 2012-01-25
  3. ^ Local authors, Bainbridge Public Library, March 26, 2011, archived from the original on January 19, 2012, retrieved 2012-01-25
  4. ^ Ruff, Carolyn (1997-02-13). "Lifted by the Spirit". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  5. ^ "`Flower in the Skull´ has timeless message". The Deseret News. 1998-07-05. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  6. ^ Lloyd McMichael, Barbara (2007-04-26). ""The Desert Remembers My Name" | Shaking answers from the family tree". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  7. ^ "'The Deepest Roots': Book explores our local food supply". Seattle Times. November 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Books to Look For, F&SF, January 1999

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