Kathleen Alcalá


Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor’s Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008.

Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans, which required tortuous summers in San Miguel de Allende. Her work is often referred to as magic realism, but Kathleen considers most of it historical fiction. She does, however, have a great affinity for the story-telling techniques of magic realism and science fiction, and has been both a student and instructor in the Clarion West Science Fiction Workshop.

A permanent faculty member at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, she looks forward to spending part of each January and August with the students and faculty on Whidbey Island.


If you would like a personalized autographed copy of any of Kathleen Alcalá's books, you may order it from this page.


The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295999388
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Published: University of Washington Press - September 7th, 2016

The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780816526277
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Published: University of Arizona Press - April 26th, 2007

SKU: SC9780156006347

Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780934971256
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Published: Calyx Books - July 1st, 1993

Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grandes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156005685
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Published: Harvest Books - May 1st, 1998