Award-winning author Kate Braverman
is a cult writer who has been publishing poetry and experimental fiction since 1972. Born in Philadelphia, raised in Los Angeles, and educated at Berkeley, Braverman expertly weaves her California experiences throughout her work. She spent the 60ís in Berkeley, an anti-war activist and feminist. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1971 and returned to Los Angeles where she was a founding member of the Venice Poetry Workshop.
Bravermanís awards include two Best American short story awards, O. Henry, Carver, Mississippi Review Prize, California Arts Grant, Isherwood Fellowship, Pushcart Prize and Economist Prize. Her short fiction is widely anthologized in numerous university textbooks including the Norton, Scribner, Vintage, Picador, Columbia Companion to the Short Story and the Houghton Mifflin Art of the Short Story.
Ms. Braverman was Professor of Creative Writing at Cal State LA and taught for the UCLA Writing Program; she reviewed books and wrote op-ed and essays for the LA Times
for much of the 1980s and 1990s. In 1995, Ms. Braverman left Los Angeles and lived for six years in the Allegheny Mountains of remote western New York State. She now lives in San Francisco with her husband, Dr. Goldstein.
Ms. Braverman writes poetry, essays, short fiction and novels, but identifies as a poet. The short story is her most beloved of genres. She works in a multitude of genres because she believes traditional distinctions between works is a vestige of patrician privilege that says nothing about the world we inhabit in this post-historical epoch.
Her work is the chronicle of her life as a marginalized girl-child in the stucco slums of Los Angeles, an adolescent unprepared in the 60ís, a bohemian artist in the Los Angeles of the 70ís, a drug addict and single mother on the run in Hawaii and Northern California, a wife, a woman in and out of rehab, and the unique complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. She believes in writing as an act of insurrection and alchemy, and the necessity of permitting women full access to the roles they inhabit on the page.
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