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Kat Meads

Kat Meads

Kat Meads,
Red Earth MFA Faculty Mentor
Red Earth MFA


In teaching I focus on helping students shape compelling narratives driven by conflict, on treating revision as our friend, and on successfully transferring the truths we carry in our heads onto the page.

My book publications include novels (For You, Madam Lenin, The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan, when the dust finally settles, Sleep and Senestre on Vacation, written as Z.K. Burrus), two essay collections (2:12 a.m. and Born Southern and Restless), two short fiction collections (Not Waving and Little Pockets of Alarm) and four poetry collections (most recently Quizzing the Dead). My sixth novel is forthcoming in 2017.

Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Artist Fellowship and residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony for the Arts and Montalvo Center for the Arts. 2:12 a.m. received an Independent Book Publishers Gold Medal and For You, Madam Lenin received an Independent Book Publishers Silver Medal. Other recognition includes the Chelsea award for fiction, the New Letters award for essay and four Best American Essays Notable citations. My short plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley and elsewhere.

Contact Information

Walker Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106