Kathleen Wakefield is a lyricist who began her songwriting
career at Motown Records. She has worked in film and television
with composers that include Academy Award winners Michel
Colombier, Vangelis, and Gabriel Yared. Her stories have appeared
in such journals as The Alaska Quarterly, Black River Review, The
New Press, Salmagundi, Tabula Rasa, and West Branch. She lives
in Los Angeles, and the Pacific Northwest, where she is working
on another novella, and a play in two acts.
by Kathleen Wakefield
Winner, 2007 Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest
Selected by Steve Lattimore
Snaketown tells of a place that captivates and holds hostage, a
place hermitic and congenital like the families that populate it. It
tells the story of heredity and tragedy; how evil can magnetize
as mightily as beauty, how a family, nostalgic for past times— devastating times—can revise damaging, damning memory; how
the familiar should never be trusted.