MFA Faculty Mentors
- Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry
- MFA in Writing
- Website: https://kategale.wordpress.com
Dr. KATE GALE is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. She serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation, Kore Press and Poetry Society of America. She is author of five books of poetry and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her current projects include a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto based on The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle, based on Dr. Kinsey’s life with composer Daniel Felsenfeld which is in production in 2014 by the American Opera Projects. Her newest books are The Goldilocks Zone from the University of Nebraska Press in January 2014 and Echo Light from Red Mountain Press fall of 2014. It won the Red Mountain Press Editor Choice Award. Articles, poems and fiction published in various literary journals and magazines, including: Arshile, Bakunin, The Brownstone Review, Chattahoochee Review, Clackmas Literary Review, The Forum, Inside English, Northeast Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Quarterly West, Poems & Plays and Salmon. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
"Teaching consists of getting out of the way. Good ideas flow and if you allow the students to quiet down and think, they can tell stories. I don’t want to mash student’s writing, I don’t want to put it in the blender. What I would like is for students to learn to write and write and be willing to let go of the work that doesn’t work, and keep writing. Ideally we learn how to let go of the editor in our head when we’re writing the first draft and then put on their editorial hat and be able to tell what works and what does not.
"If we, as writers can teach ourselves to get out of the way, we can write. If you are a writer, even a young writer, the process of writing is a quiet pull, a voice, talking to you, stringing you along. Many times we let ourselves get sucked in by all the other stuff we need to do, or the nasty editor in our head who says we’re no good and that gets in the way of writing. We need to learn to shape and craft and edit, and that’s very important too.
"But what a good writing teacher does is get out of the way of good writing and teach his or her students to do the same. Language wants to emerge if only we can make room for it, a place, a home, that home is the framework you give the language."
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