Kate Asche, M.A., writes poetry, essays and short stories. A graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, she is a writing teacher and literary community builder in Sacramento, CA. Her first poetry collection, the chapbook Our Day in the Labyrinth, was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2015. Her poem “Incoming” was selected by Camille Dungy for the summer 2015 issue of Colorado Review, and her poem for two voices was a finalist for the 2011 Audio Prize at The Missouri Review. Her poetry has appeared in Natural Bridge, Bellingham Review, RHINO, Pilgrimage, the 2012 anthology Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Under the Gum Tree. She received a fellowship to the 2015 Writing By Writers Workshops at Tomales Bay as well as two Elliot Gilbert Prizes in Poetry and an Academy of American Poets Award. She was associate director of Arts, Humanities and Writing at UC Davis Extension, where she coordinated The Tomales Bay Workshops under the direction of Pam Houston, and Kate also helped to establish the award-winning I Street Press at Sacramento Public Library. She is a trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method and has taught creative writing in a variety of academic and community settings since 2005; she currently teaches workshops in Sacramento and provides manuscript coaching to writing groups and individuals. She volunteers as associate editor for Under the Gum Tree (and has volunteered as associate editor of Tule Review, a publication of Sacramento Poetry Center, and as a reader for Memoir Journal). She supports Sacramento Public Library and helps to spread the word about 916 INK, a local youth literacy organization inspired by 826 Valencia. Follow her and get the scoop on local writing events right here at www.kateasche.com or email her at kate (at) kateasche (dot) com.
Explore Kate’s Work
Watch and hear Kate read poems from her first chapbook, Our Day in the Labyrinth, in the above launch reading video–which also features appearances from Kate’s mentor poets Susan Kelly-DeWitt, William O’Daly and Indigo Moor. (Special thanks to Epiclesis for providing the video equipment!)
Learn more about Our Day in the Labyrinth, Kate’s first chapbook of poems, here. Find out about events readings where you can meet Kate here. Kate also co-hosts periodic sub parties and teaches workshops in Sacramento.
Listen to an audio recording of “The Chapbook Across Genres,” the panel Kate created and moderated at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in 2016, featuring DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press’s Lawrence Lenhart, CutBank’s Josh Fomon and Finishing Line Press’s Elizabeth Maines. (Forgive the funky sound of the first 90 seconds!)
Listen to the archive of Kate’s interview about “The Chapbook: Yesterday’s Revolution, Today’s Renaissance” on Capital Public Radio’s Insight with Beth Ruyak on November 3, 2015. Also in fall 2015, Kate herself interviewed poet, translator and novelist William O’Daly as part of the Coffee and Poets podcast series; listen here.
To hear the finalist audio poem, “Know/Don’t Know” at The Missouri Review website, click here.
To hear Kate’s poems published in Quiddity International Literary Journal (Volume 6.2 – Fall/Winter 2013) click here for “Eye” and here for “Hook Jaw and Bone.” (Thanks to Chris Alford and Epiclesis for recording!)
To hear two more poems (thanks to Chris Alford and Epiclesis for recording!), click here (for “Yolo Causeway,” published in fall 2012 in Late Peaches), and click here (for “Poem After Walking,” published in the Spring 2012 Schuylkill Valley Journal).
To read Kate’s poem “Flame,” published in the Winter 2013 issue of The Summerset Review, click here.
Kate read a portion of an in-progress essay, “Heavenly Bodies,” at Why There Are Words in Sausalito in December 2011. View the video here.
Learn more about Kate and her writing and process at this profile created by Kelly Trom, a Journalism major at Kate’s alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.