Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, most recently The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, a blend of memoir, journalism and analysis with an eye toward sustainable growing and living.  

Her novels draw on her Mexican-immigrant heritage: Spirits Of The Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull and Treasures in Heaven. They are often regarded as works of magic realism, but she thinks of them simply as historical fiction. A collection of short stories, Mrs.Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, and a collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name, are her other books.  

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, and has been designated an Island Treasure in the Arts by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council.  

Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a MFA from the University of New Orleans, which she says required “tortuous” summers in the Mexican arts community of San Miguel de Allende. Kathleen also teaches creative writing at conferences and other writers communities.

To learn more about Kathleen and her work, or to request a personally autographed copy of one of her books, go to www.kathleenalcala.com


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 (Camino del Sol ) 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: Mariner Books - May 21st, 1998