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Kate McQuade is the author of the story collection Tell Me Who We Were (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2019) and the novel Two Harbors (Harvest/Harcourt, 2005). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Harvard Review, Memorious, Shenandoah, and Verse Daily, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Lily for Washington Post, LitHub, and TIME Magazine.

Her honors include awards and support from the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Born and raised in Minnesota, she holds degrees from Princeton University and the Bread Loaf School of English and teaches at Phillips Academy, Andover, where she lives with her husband and three children.


At the Women’s International Study Center, Kate will continue work on her novel-in-progress, which investigates connections between climate change denialism, traumatic memory, isolationism, and female experience.

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