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Rising Stars: Meet Kate Gale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Gale.

Hi Kate, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started in a cult in Southern New Hampshire. I left with a dog on a bailing twine string, a harmonica, a Bible and a sleeping bag. I wandered. Slept in the woods. Started college on a dare. Found I liked it. Wandered West to find some fun and sunshine. In California, I wanted a big story. Wanted big dreams. I wanted Los Angeles to have a publishing company that published everyone being ignored by New York presses, so I started one. There wasn’t enough money because I didn’t have any. But the great thing about Los Angeles is that you’re invisible. You can float. You can fly. You can create. My husband and I have built a company, and now the ten people working there are so cool and so good at what they do, and we feel so lucky to be in the same space as they are when we come to work each day.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s been difficult. We ate rice for a long time. We had no furniture, no television. For vacations, we went camping. Everything went into the press. We published books with everything we had. We didn’t start with a group of wealthy friends who funded the press. But, as we kept growing, we built a longer list of supporters and a bigger list of books that sold well. The early years were all about living on the edge. We came to enjoy the edge.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a poet, librettist and I have a memoir floating around. I love this book, The Loneliest Girl that just came out with the University of New Mexico Press. It’s about Medusa and women’s lives and our shame and how we come to the place of re-writing our story.

The book that I’m most excited about is my memoir The Eighth Day. It’s about my life in the cult as a child of monsters and how I got away. I can’t wait for it to find the right editor. It’s ready for a home.

Rio de Sangre, a libretto that I wrote with the composer Don Davis was a joy. I would love to see it done by the Los Angeles Opera.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Most people don’t think I’m funny. I’m working on a funny novel now. I think it will change how people feel about my writing. Like most survivors of abuse, I tend to be fairly serious, but I’m ready for joy.

For celebration. There is so much music in the universe. Every day the waves un-fist water onto the sands, wet explosions of joy.

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Alfred Haymond

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