News & Reviews
|Historic Micere Mugo Lecture - Kwani? Litfest 2010
|Photo by Kevin Ouma
July 2020 ~ Many thanks to Debdatta Dasgupta
Sasay for featuring an except of The Contest and Other Stories in the Bookish Indulgences July Spotlight - Historical Fiction!
April 2020 ~ Chapter 1 ("Notice") of Loop: A Dream Novella, appears with other inaugural reading period longlist finalist excerpts at Los Galesburg, a novella press
co-founded by MFA students in the Publishing Seminar at Mount St. Mary's in Los Angeles.
December 2019 ~ Joe
DiBuduo and I are happy to announce the publication of "Space Race," our humorous dystopian story, in Alcyone Magazine Issue V, a journal of speculative fiction and poetry.
November 2019 ~ I'm grateful to
announce that Loop: A Dream Novella, is a longlist finalist for the Los Galesburg inaugural reading period.
August 2019 ~ We're once again tickled
all shades of the palette that The Contest and Other Stories is a Silver Medalist in the 2019 Global Ebook Awards Short Story / Essays Fiction category!
March 2019 ~ Tootie-Press is tickled
all shades of the palette that we have a brand-new ebook interior for The Contest and Other Stories and publication is now wide at more than two dozen international book emporiums!
December 2018 ~ Tootie-Do Press proudly
announces the publication of a humorous dystopian sci-fi novelette, Space Race. Exclusively available in Kindle ebook at all international Amazons.
October 2018 ~ We're proud to announce
that The Contest and Other Stories is now exclusively available in Kindle ebook at all international Amazons. Happy Halloween Birthday!
July 2018 ~ My co-author Joe DiBuduo
and I are tickled all shades of the palette with the RECOMMENDED status for The Contest and Other Stories at
The US Review of Books and the sizzling book review by Michelle Jacobs!
June 2018 ~ The Contest and Other
Stories is listed at the American Bookfest site in the Short Stories category. Contest notifications are in November.
May 2018 ~ Once again, we're tickled
all shades of the palette that The Contest and Other Stories is a 2018 New Generation Indie Book Award finalist in the Young New Adult category!
March 2018 ~ We're tickled all
shades of the palette that The Contest and Other Stories book cover design by Clarissa Yeo - Yocla Designs is
a 2018 Eric Hoffer / da Vinci Eye Award finalist!
January 2018 - We're tickled all shades of the palette that The Contest
and Other Stories is the 2017 Best Cover at Cassie Loves Covers - book cover design by Clarissa Yeo - Yocla Designs!
December 2017 ~ We're tickled all shades
of the palette with a five-star review for The Contest and Other Stories by author Mary Saad Assel!
October 2017 ~ The Contest and Other Stories, a linked collection of YA / NA magical realist, alternate history, paranormal, slipstream, and fabulist tales
is now available in full color and BW editions (Redwood Highway 101: Tootie-Do Press).
July 2017 ~ "Enter the Kingdom" now appears at The New Engagement, Issue #12, July 2017. "The apocalypse has never been delivered with such
April 2017 ~ Honored to place in the top 50 of 500 manuscripts in the Summer Literary Seminars Contest with the
unpublished short story, "Enter the Kingdom."
2016 ~ Honored and humbled to attend the Silence.Awareness.Existence Residency, Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland. Many thanks to multimedia
artist Nathaniel Ober, who conceived and coordinated the Breaking Silence collaborative experience in the voices of thirteen international artists, for which I read two flash stories inspired
2016 ~ Jellyfish Day: Love Trumps Hate Trumps Love Trumps Hate : A Wrathful Dakini on Trump's Narcissistic Bent.
August 2016 ~ Come geek out with me over at R e a d i n g. t h e. F a n t a s t i c!
November 2015 ~ "Enter the Kingdom," a
literary dystopic sci-fi story, was one of the top 25 shortlisted stories in the 2015 Almond Press Apocalypse
Chronicles short story competition.
October 2015 ~ "Cheater," a riff on
violence in the Wild West, now appears in the new Manifest West #4 - Western Weird!
April 2015 ~ I'm yakking it up about my new role
as small press publisher and student-to-be hopeful in Life in a Nutshell at Jellyfish Day.
March 2015 ~ Received word that a collaborative
tale, "Cheater" (written with Joe DiBuduo) will appear this summer in the "Western Weird" edition of Manifest West by Western State Press of Western State Colorado University. Stay tuned!
January 2015 ~ I have a poem in a new June Cotner
inspirational poetry anthology, Get Well Wishes, due for March publication.
November 2014 ~ Check out my new author interview
at Smashwords! I also have a reprinted story in the November issue of Beyond Science Fiction, and a poem in June Cotner's prayer and poem anthology, Back to Joy.
October 2014 ~ Writing for
Social Justice at Jellyfish Day.
September 2014 ~ I'm yakking it up at Pekoe Blaze and at The Thursday Interview about metaphysical sci-fi and other stuff!
August 2014 ~ Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux is available on Amazon! Check out my recent interview, "Lover of Dreams . . . Kate Robinson" at Kev's Blog.
November 2013 ~ Sheer Cliffs and Shearwaters: Interview with Richard Kipling at Jellyfish Day.
June 2013 ~ Geek Out! A guest blog with artist / writer CA Brown at Jellyfish Day.
February 2013 ~ Gila Angel, a nature essay, is posted at Writing the Whirlwind, Issue 4, Spring 2013.
January 2013 ~ Check out Iron Grip: An Interview with Willma
Willis Gore at Jellyfish Day.
November 2012 ~ Tribute to Orpheus 2 (Kearney Street Books, 2012) is available in paperback and Kindle edition. I didn't know until I began reading it myself
in March 2013 that my story, "Dancing Universe," is the opening story . . . enjoy the music!
July 2012 ~ The Memory Eater anthology (CP Anthologies, 2012) is live on Amazon - Available in
softcover and Kindle ebook!This illustrated sci-fi / horror collection is a great
summer beach read.
A big *shout-out* to artist Noel Arthur Heimpel for his fab artwork for "Lost Memories," the anthology story I co-authored
with writer buddy Joe DiBuduo.
March 2012 ~ Check out my interview of author
Gene Twaronite - oh, and John Boggle - on Jellyfish Day.
February 2012 ~ It's a blessing to have two poems in the
lovely multi-faith anthology, Meditations on Divine Names (Moonrise Press).
November 2011 ~ I'm thankful for TWO new publications
- a prayer included in June Cotner's lovely Say a Little Prayer journal AND m
2011 ~ "Respect of Stone" is a longlist finalist in the 2011 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest,
July 2011 ~ Check out my interview of author Carl Hitchens
and a review of his cross-genre memoir, Sitting With Warrior on Jellyfish Day.
December 2010 ~ The 2010 SLS Kenya fiction & poetry workshops on December 3-21
with Terese Svoboda & Cornelius Eady, Kenya Between the Lines with Billy Kahora and Ed Pavlic, and the Kwani? Litfest with a host of Kenyan literary luminaries, were a real
joy and the inspiration of a lifetime.
October / November 2010 ~ My dissertation novella, Loop,
is on the shortlist (top five) in the Texas Review Press Clay Reynolds Novella Prize competition!
May 2010 ~ "Li'l Bit", a picture book tale, is 4th runner-up
in the Juvenile Fiction Category of the Alabama Writers Conclave Writing Contest.
And the 2009-2010 Postgrad Creative Writers at Aberystwyth
University held our different WORLDS magazine launch at the UWA Arts Centre Bookshop!
April 2010 ~ "The Respect of Stone" placed in the top 50 of 1200 short story manuscripts in
the 2010 Summer Literary Seminars Contest, earning da discount to attend the 2010 SLS Kenya program in December.
January - April
2010 ~ I greatly enjoyed my Spring term internship at the New Welsh Review with Editor Kathryn Gray and Development Manager Sue Fisher. My name is also
included on the Issue 87 masthead.
International Excellence Scholarship Award Evening
CONTEST and OTHER STORIES
The Contest and Other Stories by Kate Robinson and
Joe DiBuduo is a series of interesting and engaging tales . . . [that] reveal the universal themes of love, resentment, jealousy,
success, life, death, spirituality, and failure while alluding to the notion that ‘triumphs and woes’ can be both
satisfying and emotionally
~ Mary Saad Assel, author of A Sprinkle of
archetypal overbearing father at odds with his son’s artistic ambitions is familiar but gets fresh treatment in this
story of a fledgling literary arts magazine . . . Authors DiBuduo and Robinson capture the angst that accompanies finding
your own way apart from your parents . . . The [linked]
stories and accompanying color artwork help to generate an overall celebratory tone for all things literary. . . DiBuduo
and Robinson confirm the collaborative nature of the literary arts and the power of story to help us find our way.
~ Michelle Jacobs, The US Review of
. . . A beautiful collection of stories
that are exquisitely written . . . What makes this collection an exceptional one is the compelling cast of characters, the
realism infused into the plot lines, and the plot structure that makes each story a must-read . . . I enjoyed these tales
for their existential themes and the philosophical questions they ask . . . a gorgeous treat for short story buffs and the
diversity in style, plot, and themes makes this a book that will appeal to a wide audience.
Sia, Readers Favorite
OF DESIRE: 11.11.11 Redux
star of the novel is definitely young Mikka Delaraye Vaughn, a complex character that draws attention immediately. The cast
of characters is a deft masterpiece in character development that rivals Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, and Michael Crichton.
~ Penelope Anne Bartotto,
Heart of Desire is a well-told story with
a lot of moving parts that Kate Robinson deftly juggles.
~ Ryan Jordan, Readers' Favorite, 2015
ETs, conspiracy theory, untapped potential
of the brain and the power of love: if you weren't a believer before, you just might become one by turning the pages of Heart
of Desire. Kate Robinson's obvious experience of the Arizona desert and her knowledge of such far flung fields as Buddhism,
politics, history and archeology impart a realism that sustains the fantasy. As you read the final page of the epilogue, you
will ask yourself, "Did that happen?" "Could it?"
~ Garry Griffiths - Amazon.com, 2015
I finished reading your amazing novel last week and want
to send my applause for what you reveal in expertise. Besides good, clear writing, you demonstrated deep knowledge of insider
Washington D.C., familiarity with extraterrestrial “wisdom," Native American history/beliefs, Buddhism, parenting, etc.
~ Willma Willis Gore, author of Iron
Grip and If Coyote Smiles, 2015
What is hovering in the sky above the White House and
the halls of power in Washington, D.C. besides global warming, political intrigue, and secret love trysts? Who or what is
controlling the balance of power in the ultimate sense, over and above the politicians on Capital Hill and the householders
of America? And for what purpose? And from where on earth or beyond?
Author Kate Robinson adroitly takes the reader
through the tumbling complexity of lives at the pinnacle of power, as they unfold, in expected and unexpected ways, beyond
public service and elections to something far greater; and perhaps insidious.
It’s a ride that puts you on a
collision course for answers. And you won’t want to put the book down, until you KNOW! And even then you may be looking
over your shoulder in case…
A five-star performance. Bravo!
~ Carl Hitchens, author of Sitting with Warrior, 2014
Well written . . . movie script adaptable. Gripping style
[Chapter 10] reminded me of Hunter Thompson's 'Gonzo' journalism, i.e. 'Fear & Loathing' - Kate Robinson is
a very talented and imaginative writer!"
Rev. Robert Hanzel, Aquarian Church
of Universal Service, 2007
Writing of the prologue and first chapters commands attention,
and immediately warns the reader this is future fantasy . . . may be closer to the truth than any of us
know . . . I think this writer did an excellent job . . . has thought [the story line] through very carefully and hints
at complications with extraterrestrials that stretch the imagination. The writer makes even unlikely scenes between
[humans] and extraterrestrials believable . . . The writing is very good. The grammar is excellent. The narration,
dialogue and tension are high . . . The reader immediately likes the characters and roots for them.
~Anon. Judge, 2006 Arizona Authors Association Literary Competition, Unpublished Novel category
ENTER THE KINGDOM
The apocalypse has never been delivered with such harrowing eloquence.
~ The New Engagement, Issue #12 July 2017
The plot carries reflective weight and it gives the story a strong
sense of a futuristic reality . . . merges feelings of love, bitterness, fear, political power, control, and hope all in one
grandiose image . . . a character who has the ability to gather history in her own hands and show the world that no one could
control a genuine spirit. . . The story shows a forced immediacy of color and shape despite the gloomy and dusty atmosphere
enveloping the setting.
~ Mary Saad Assel, author of A Sprinkle of Dust, 2017