Kat Meads can be funny, eloquent, enlightening and exciting all in one
compelling essay after another.
Lee Gutkind

The personal essay is not only alive but well, very well, in this excellent new collection
by Kat Meads, chronic insomniac.
Lee Zacharias

A lovely and provocative book.
Philip Gerard

Kat Meads has a wonderful eye for the surreal, whether she's describing a visit
to the Salton Sea or the Nevada Test Site or a hilarious sleepless wedding night
in Las Vegas. There is much to think about here and much to enjoy.
Gayle Greene

News & Events

New and forthcoming poetry & prose
Blackbird, Chautauqua, Hotel Amerika, Hamilton Stone Review,
Mad Hatters Review, Prick of the Spindle

Kat's new novel to be published by
Queen's Ferry Press

"Come, My Love, and Be with Me"
Excerpt from Kat's new novel

Gianna De Persiis Vona of Staring Problem Podcasts
reads Kat's story
"The Noble Art of Scavenging"
Dr. Margaret Bauer,

Rives Chair of Southern Lit, East Carolina University,
devotes a chapter to The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan
in her new book of criticism
A Study of Scarletts

Donna Gessell reviews 2:12 a.m. in NCLR
"And what a (red-eyed) tour it is."
Insomnia Well Spent

Kat "talks crow" with Fairy Tale Review's Joel Hans
Pins & Needles No. 22

An award-winning writer of fiction, drama, nonfiction and poetry,
Kat Meads is a native of eastern North Carolina.
She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
 and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry,
a California Artist Fellowship in fiction and two Silicon Valley Arts Council fellowships.
Her short stories have won awards from Chelsea and Inkwell Magazine,
her essays from New Letters, Lyra and Drunken Boat.
Her historical novel, For You, Madam Lenin, received an IPPY Silver Medal
and was a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year finalist.
Her mystery novel, Senestre on Vacation (written as Z.K. Burrus),

was a 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year finalist.
Her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and the Midwest.
She has been an artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown,
Yaddo, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Dorland,
and the Montalvo Center for the Arts.
She teaches in Oklahoma City University's low-residency Red Earth MFA program.

For You, Madam Lenin Senestre on Vacation when the dust finally settles
Little Pockets of Alarm
The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan Sleep Not Waving
The Queendom
Born Southern and Restless Filming the Everyday

Quizzing the Dead Stress in America Night Bones Wayward Women

Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience
Co-edited with Cris Mazza, Gina Frangello & Stacy Bierlein

Quick Reads/Listens

Amy Wright interviews Kat at Zone 3

Lidia Yuknavitch interviews Kat at The Rumpus

Kat's The Nervous Breakdown Self-Interview

Episode #8: "Dirt, the Last War"

CiCi Gets Drunker on Airplanes

On Reading and Rereading The Mind of The South in No Place Southern