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Kathleen McNamara

Creative Research Faculty Fellow 2021

About Kathleen McNamara

Kathleen McNamara's short fiction and essays have appeared in NimrodWitness, ReedThe PinchThe Columbia JournalCarolina Quarterly, Redivider, and other journals. Her short story, "Pyrosome," is forthcoming in the anthology This Side of the Divide (Vol. 2): New Myths of the American West, published by Baobab Press in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno. Subjects of interest in her writing include climate change, motherhood, mental illness, medicine, sexual assault, and animism.

 Her work has been honored with awards in the Carolina Quarterly, Redivider, and The Columbia Journal, and has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize, among other contests. Her in-progress novel, Doom House, which explores the effects of midcentury nuclear weapons testing in Nevada, has been supported by a Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts.

 Kathleen has taught writing at Arizona State University since 2011, and was awarded a Teaching Award from ASU's Writing Programs in 2020. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from ASU. Prior to joining ASU, she worked for two years on the staff of The New York Review of Books.